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CCTV appeal after cash machine skimming devices are recovered

March 1, 2013, 1:52 pm

CCTV images of two suspects have been released after three skimming devices have been found on ATM machines this month.

Officers have found the spyware on ATM machines on Market Street in the Kingswinford area of Dudley recently.

On Saturday 9 February a device was found at the HSBC bank, another skimming device was found by staff at the Natwest Bank on Monday 18 February and again on Friday 22 February.

Detectives investigating the crimes have released images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with their enquiries.

The men are described as possibly Eastern European or Asian − one man has a beard and moustache and was wearing a woolly hat and dark jacket. The other man has short dark hair and was wearing a cardigan type jacket.

Sergeant Chris Collins, from the Kingswinford neighbourhood policing team, said: “We are appealing to anyone who can identify the men to call us.

“We are working with local businesses to raise awareness on what to look out for and we would ask people to be extra vigilant when using cash machines.

“If you see anything attached to a cash machine which looks suspicious report it to the shop or bank or call your local police station on 101.

If anyone has any information about these two men then please call Sergeant Chris Collins or one of his team on 101. Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers the independent charity on 0800 555 111.

There are a number of things you can do to protect your card when withdrawing cash from a cash machine:

– Be wary if you see an out of order notice on a cash point directing you to another machine.
– Report any machines that appear to have a card stuck in the slot.
– If you see anyone loitering around a cash point, go elsewhere.
– When entering your PIN number, cover your hand so the details entered cannot be seen.
– Try to use the cash machines inside the bank.
– If you suspect the cash machine has been tampered with in any way, report it to the bank immediately.

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information about crime

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