Tayside Division is urging the public to be vigilant after skimming devices were discovered on cash machines in Scone and Errol in Perthshire yesterday and this morning (Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May).
Everyone who uses a cash machine needs to be alert to this particular type of scam and should report anything suspicious to the police, as well as the bank or store where the ATM is situated.
Skimming devices are designed to read cash and credit card details without the knowledge of the cardholder. Such equipment is designed to appear genuine to the untrained or unsuspecting eye. However, people must pay close attention and look to see if there is anything stuck into or onto the machine.
If anything looks out of place, they should not enter their card or PIN number but should immediately inform the authorities.
Police Scotland offer the following advice –
Check the card reader and the front fascia for anything that appears to be out of the ordinary before inserting your card.
Check for any unusual attachments to the ATM, such as a leaflet holder.
Cover the PIN key pad as you enter your number by obscuring it with your free hand.
If you insert your card, and it appears to be retained or jammed, check the fascia and notify the bank or service provider immediately. Contact the police and service provider immediately should you discover a device attached to an ATM.
Check your account balance regularly.
Inform your bank immediately if your account shows any transactions you did not make.
Anyone who finds any suspicious device or has any information regarding suspicious activity around cash machines is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101, or speak to any officer.