Scammers used glue to block up a cash machine at the post office, meaning that people needed to use the ATM at the Cambridge Building Society. From this ATM, bank cards were cloned. Money from was stolen from these accounts and sent to America.
The cash machine has now been disabled. Engineers have been making sure that it will be safe to use when it is back in operation.
The police became aware of the issue over the weekend.
If you have any information or have been affected by the crime, contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Action Fraud says that you should check the following before using an ATM:
- The card insertion point of a cash machine
- If you realise the machine has been tampered with after you have inserted your card, call your bank while still standing at the cash machine.
- Always shield your hand when entering your PIN into a cash point keypad.
- If you think a machine has been tampered with, report this to the branch responsible for the ATM.
Read more about the Sawston ATM crime: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Massive-cloning-raid-cash-machine-near-Cambridge/story-28963474-detail/story.html#ixzz43ifBry00
You can also watch this short video on ‘How to spot a dodgy ATM’: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/video-shows-you-how-to-spot-an-atm-tampered-with-by-a-fraudster-may15