POLICE are warning people to watch out for card skimming devices on cash points, after two were discovered in the space of a week.
One was found in Alnwick, on a HBOS machine in Bondgate Within, while the other was spotted on a Lloyds TSB machine near Asda in Blyth.
The devices came in two parts – a card reader fitted around the card slot and a PIN reader in the form of a mobile phone camera fitted behind a plate with a pin hole above the screen.
Suspicion was raised after members of the public reported that the machines kept returning cards.
Chief Inspector Peter Reeve said: “We want to alert people to be on their guard when using cash point machines.
“So far we have not had reports of anyone losing any cash as a result of this scam, but if members of the public do have any concerns that the machine they are about to use could have been tampered with they should report it to the bank or store straightaway.”
“If anyone sees someone acting suspiciously around a cash point they should report it to police straightaway.”
Anyone with any information into the incidents, or to report suspicious behaviour around cash points, is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191.