Cash machine warning after card-skimmer found in St Andrews

Police are invetigating an incident of tampering with an ATM in St Andrews.
Police are invetigating an incident of tampering with an ATM in St Andrews.

Cash machine users in north east Fife are being warned to check any ATM they use for tampering.

A card-skimming device was found on a cash machine on Market Street, St Andrews, last Friday and local police say criminals may be targeting the area.

Devices often feature a ‘skimming’ mechanism and a small camera which records the PIN keys struck.

The criminal can then clone the card and, knowing the PIN, can use it to withdraw cash at any ATM.

Joanne McEwan, community inspector for St Andrews, said: “We received a report of a possible skimming device from members of the public on Friday evening.

“Officers have retrieved the device and the incident remains under investigation. As a result we are advising members of the public to be especially vigilant when withdrawing cash.”

Unfortunately people who fall victim to card-skimmers often do not discover withdrawals have been made until they check their account transactions.

Another incident being investigated, which also involved a machine in Market Street, concerned an apparent withdrawal made on a visitor’s account during the Open but only came to light recently.

Advice is to always check the card reader before using the ATM, in particular looking for any additions that appear out of place - if there is anything, do not use or try to remove it, instead contact the police.

If you have any information that might help contact Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.