Cash machine crime up 17% on year
According to the UK’s cash machine network, Link, the number of attacks on cash machines increased 17% in 2008 compared with the 2007 year, with almost two a day being attacked.
In 2007, these types of crimes cost the industry £37 million with some techniques including fitting a miniature camera so fraudsters can record a PIN number as it is tapped in, or skimming devices fitted to machines to copy a customer’s card details.
To help fight this type of crime, Link has teamed up with Crimestoppers. They will work closely with different police agencies and departments, including the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU).
Consumers are advised to protect their PIN by shielding the keypad with their hand or where possible, use a cash machine which is in clear view and well lit.
Anyone suspecting foul play should report it via www.crimestoppers-uk.org or call the organisation on 0800 555 111.
Incidentally, Link is offering rewards of up to £25,000 for information related to cash machine crime.
Graham Mott, from Link, said “We are urging the public to pass on information that they may have about cash machine crime, for example card skimming or physical attacks on cash machines themselves.
Even something that may sound insignificant could be part of a bigger picture and prove invaluable in convicting someone involved in cash machine crime, added Mr Mott.”