Skimming Device Discovered Inside a Tesco Petrol Station

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Police are urging members of the public to be wary of card skimming devices in the Dunfermline area.

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The advice comes after one such item was found on a Tesco Pay at Pump petrol machine in Winterthur Lane, Dunfermline on Saturday 18th March.

The device was removed and Police are following a positive line of enquiry.

Such withdrawals often remain undiscovered until customers check their account transactions.

The public can help protect themselves against falling victim to card cloning by following a few easy steps, including:

· Always checking the card reader before using the device. If you notice anything suspicious do not use it and contact Police immediately.

· Checking for any additions to the machine that appear out of place. Do not attempt to remove a suspicious device as the criminals may be nearby and watching the machine.

· Always covering your hand when entering your pin.

· Being aware of your surroundings and whether anyone is watching you entering your pin. If so stop the transaction and inform bank staff, security staff or Police.

· Checking your account regularly and inform your bank immediately if your account shows any transactions you did not make.

Detective Inspector Colin Robson of Dunfermline CID said: “We received a report of a possible skimming device on the Pay at Pump device at Tesco, Winterthur Lane on Saturday.

“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.

“Such devices often feature a skimming mechanism and a small camera which records their key strokes. This allows the criminal to clone the card and, having obtained the PIN, use them to withdraw cash at any ATM.”

If you have any information that may assist officers in their investigation this incident contact Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.