Fraudsters hit cash machines

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SIX skimming devices have been found after fraudsters targeted cash machines in the area.

Norwich and Peterborough Building Society is urging customers to check their accounts after cameras and card readers were found on its cash machine at six branches.

Staff at the branches in Market Place, Market Deeping and North Street, Bourne, discovered the devices on February 6 and 8 respectively.

Devices were also found at the cash machine in Cathedral Square, Peterborough, on February 1. Branches in Orton, Hampton and Bretton have also been hit.

The branch in High Street, Stamford, has not been affected.

The society refused to state how many customers were affected by the scam due to the investigation.

The building society has now announced plans to install a plastic device called a Pinguard to its machines keypads to protect customers.

A spokesperson said: “We can confirm that over the last few weeks there have been instances of skimming at Atm machines at some of our branches.

“We have contacted the police and are giving them our full co-operation, including making Cctv and other information available to them.

“We have put in place additional measures to help protect customers, and are in the process of fitting a Pinguard to all of the cash machines at our branches which will make this kind of fraud more difficult for the fraudsters.

“We have taken steps to proactively contact customers who may have had their details compromised, and arranged for a new card and Pin to be sent to them as quickly as possible.

“We are refunding all customers who were victims of the skimming as quickly as we can to make sure they are not left out of pocket as a result of the fraud.

“We would urge customers to look through their recent transactions in their latest statement, or on internet banking, and contact us if they see a transaction they think may be fraudulent.”