Belfast Telegraph

Alert after bank pin numbers are stolen across Northern Ireland

By Staff Reporter

Bank machine users are being warned to be on their guard after 10 incidents where thieves secretly obtained people's Pin numbers and cards.

Police said the thieves stand behind card users making transactions at bank machines or shop counters and try to get the Pin numbers.

Customers are then approached by these thieves who attempt to obtain their bank card through deception or distraction, such as asking for change.

They then use the card to steal cash from victim's bank account.

Incidents have been reported at Knocknagoney, Dundonald, Dungannon, Newry, Cookstown, Craigavon, Magherafelt and Ballymena since April 24 this year.

The PSNI has advised the public to keep Pin numbers secure by being aware of who is around when entering details into an ATM.

It is also advised to shield the keypad as you enter your Pin number.

A PSNI spokesman added: "If you have elderly relatives or elderly neighbours please share this information with them."

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