SCAM ALERT: National Police issue public warning about new cash machine con hitting the streets of Spain

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SKIMMER: A Card cloning device that can be installed on a cash machine, it contains a false slot that copies the magnetic stripe of bank cards. Photo: National Police


THE National Police has warned the public of the rise of a new cash machine scam spreading around Spain.

The method involves placing a ‘skimmer’ on a cash machine, over the existing card reader.

A ‘skimmer’ is a card cloning device that can be installed on a cash machine, it contains a false slot that copies the magnetic stripe of bank cards as they are inserted.

When inserting the bank card in one of these manipulated cash machines with a ‘skimmer’, the card will then be scanned and a customer’s details registered.

The National Police recommend pulling the luminous card insertion point on a cash machine to check if it is false.

Those who fear falling victim to this scam should; avoid using the cash machine if any other people are nearby and acting suspiciously.

Also, be sure not to use machines located in poorly lit areas.

Secondly, cover the keyboard before entering the pin code.

Finally, avoid accepting help from ‘strangers’.

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