- One of the devices attached overnight on an ATM at Barclays in Bridge Street, Pinner led to the exposition of an organized gang using iPods to steal bank details
- The police gave their warning to customers; reminding them to ensure they shield the keypad at all times when entering their PIN number
- Police officers exposed the trick used by this gang
One of the devices attached overnight on an ATM at Barclays in Bridge Street, Pinner led to the exposition of an organized gang who are using iPods to steal bank details.
Authorities have reiterated their warning to customers; reminding them to the keypad at all times when entering their personal identification number (PIN) in order to avoid theft and other related cases.
As divulged by the policemen, a device is hidden in a cover and therein attached to the top of cash points where they could record while customers enter their PIN.
Moreover, thieves also attach a false card slot which they can then use to withdraw cash using the PIN after retaining the customer’s credit or debit card.
A police in Harrow, Northwest London, as disclosed in a Mirror story, stated that the simple trick is ‘being used by an organized gang of criminals who operate across the country to dupe unwitting customers out of huge sums of cash.’
In response to this concern, the target ATM machine will soon be replaced by the bank with that of a tamper-proof ATM’s which is widely-used in some places.
Sergeant Roni Doyle, the neighborhood sergeant for Pinner South, claimed that it is not the first time such a device had been found on the cash machine in the area.
“These devices will not be used soon as most of the banks have already changed their ATM’s to the new tamper-proof machines,” she said. “But customers should always cover their PIN when using these machines.
She also added that police had identified one of the people responsible – believed to be part of a national criminal network; faces pending arrest.