Teenager arrested over cash machine scam

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A teenager from Fleckney has been arrested following an investigation into a possible card cloning operation at a cash machine in the village.

Now Leicestershire Police is urging people in the Fleckney area to report any suspicious activity on their bank accounts to the national fraud agency, Action Fraud.

It follows an investigation into card skimming.

Police said an 18-year-old man from the Fleckney area has been arrested and released on police bail while further enquiries continue.

Detective Constable Catherine Richards, from the Force’s economic crime unit, said: “Our investigation centres on one cash machine in the Fleckney area.

“This type of crime typically involves additional equipment being fitted in or near a cash machine. The criminal uses data from the card and personal identity numbers to clone cards or make fraudulent transactions later.

“I would ask anyone who may have been a victim to contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 – even if you have already reported it to your card issuer.”

She said people can reduce their chances of being affected by cash machine fraud by following these tips:

*Always look closely at the card insertion point of a cash machine before using it. If it looks like it may have been tampered with, do not use it.

*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 if it is safe to do so.

*Always shield your hand when entering your PIN into a cash point keypad




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