Warning issued after a rise in ‘skimming’ scams

Police urge residents to be vigilent.

Detectives in Honiton are urging residents in East Devon to be on their guard following an increase in bank card scams known as ‘skimming’.

A police spokesman said: “These incidents occur mostly during the daytime at cash points in Sidmouth, Honiton, Axminster and Tiverton. Common targets are large supermarkets such as Tesco and Waitrose, however some smaller banks have also been affected.”

He added: “Devices are placed over cash machines to record bank details which can then be fraudulently used. They look very professional and can be difficult to detect.

“The device records the PIN as it is entered and the cash machine either states it has dispensed the cash or there is a fault.

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“No money is dispensed. When the user goes into the bank or other premises to raise the issue someone waiting nearby retrieves the device and cash.”

Police believe the suspects are part of organised groups and are described as white foreign nationals.

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Anyone who sees anything suspicious near a cash point is urged to report it to police by calling 101 qouting crime number KH/12/401.

If the suspect is present or a device is found call 999 and make a note of any vehicle registration details.

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