Skimming devices found on local cash machines

POLICE are urging local people to check their bank accounts and be on their guard after two skimming devices were found on cash machines in the lead up to Christmas.

The devices were found as the town was in the midst of possibly the busiest shopping week of the year.

The first device was found on the cash machine at Lloyds TSB in Castle Place on December 17.

A week later, on Christmas Eve, a second was found on the ATM at the Co-op in Basin View.

A Tayside Police spokesman said: “These devices are generally concealed to look like part of the cash machine, they usually consist of a magnetic card reader and a small camera to record the pin number of the card.

“Police advise anyone using cash machines to conceal the keypad when entering their pin number and check the machine for anything suspicious before use. If they notice anything suspicious, they should report this to the premises with the machine or contact Tayside Police.

“Any member of the public who notices suspicious transactions on the bank account is asked to contact their bank in the first instance.”

Anyone with information about these incidents or this type of crime cam contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.