Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Edinburgh cash skimming device warning

Morningside Road, Edinburgh
Image caption A card skimming device was found in Morningside Road

Police in Edinburgh have issued a warning after several card skimming devices were recovered from cash machines.

Between 2 April and 19 May, officers received numerous reports of suspicious equipment attached to ATMs in the city.

Officers seized devices in Clerk Street, Marchmont Road, Comiston Road, Bruntsfield Place and Morningside Road.

Five people, who had recently used the machines, had three-figure sums of cash removed from their accounts.

Police urgedanyone using an ATMs to look out for suspicious devices or activity around the machine and report any concerns to police.

"On guard"

PC Carol Menzies said: "Thanks to the vigilance of members of our community, these devices have since been recovered and our enquiries are ongoing to determine where they came from and who fitted them to the ATMs.

"Unfortunately, a few people have fallen victim to card skimming, resulting in sums of cash being taken from their accounts.

"The public are urged to be on their guard for unusual looking equipment attached to cash machines, or anyone acting suspiciously in the nearby area.

"If you have concerns about a cash machine, do not use it and contact police immediately."

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