Card skimming device found on city centre ATM

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A card skimming device has been found on an ATM in Edinburgh's city centre.

The device was spotted by a member of the public who was trying to withdraw money from an RBS cash machine on Princes Street at 1900 BST on Tuesday.

Detectives have now seized the device, which was 10cm long and 1.5cm thick with a small hole cut in it, through which a mobile phone was used to record pin numbers typed into the keypad.

Police urged people to be wary of similar devices on ATMs in the area.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "People using cash machines are often in a hurry to withdraw cash and be on their way and as such fail to notice that the ATM has been altered by criminals looking to gain access to their pin number and bank accounts.

"Anyone who spots a card skimming device on an ATM should remove it and bring it to the attention of the bank who operate the machine, who will in turn, alert police."

"In addition, if you see suspicious activity on your bank account, please bring it to the attention of your bank as soon as possible."

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