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POLICE ISSUE WARNING OVER ‘SKIMMED’ CASHPOINTS P


olice have issued advice after recent incidents where „skimming devices‟ have


been fitted to cash points in Abbots Langley. One of the incidents occurred on Saturday


October 23 at a cash point at Lloyds TSB on the High Street in Abbots Langley when a witness recovered the device which had been fitted to the front of the cash point. The most recent incident was on Sunday


October 31 at Barclays Bank on Prestwick Road in South Oxhey. A member of the public went to withdraw cash


and noticed a recording device had been attached to the cash machine. Another member of the public then went to withdraw the cash from a machine and had their card retained. PC Jo Price, from Rickmansworth Local Crime


Unit, who is investigating the incidents said: “‟Skimming‟ is when data is taken from the magnetic strip of a credit or debit card and copied onto another card without the original card owner‟s knowledge. In some cases the ATM machine has a device known as a „Lebanese loop‟, which retains the bank card when it is put into


Police have issued a warning over skimmed cashpoints.


the machine, leaving the customer unsure as to what to do. “If at all possible do not leave the ATM if your


bank card has been retained. Phone your bank and have the card cancelled immediately before you leave the ATM. “I would urge anyone who is using ATMs in the


Three Rivers area to first check that the ATM machine does not have any devices attached to it.” If you have any information on these incidents,


please contact PC Price on 0845 33 00222 quoting crime references: C2/10/2899 (Abbots Langley) or C3/10/1451 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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