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Police alert public over Santander ATM scam

By Scott D'Arcy

Published 04/04/2016

The public have been warned by police not to use Santander cash machines over fears several have been
The public have been warned by police not to use Santander cash machines over fears several have been "compromised"

The public have been warned by police not to use Santander cash machines over fears several have been "compromised".

Forces in Lancashire and Cheshire said they had received reports of issues with some of the bank's ATMs.

The warning from Lancashire Police follows calls about suspicious devices on the bank's machines across the county last week.

Officers were concerned criminals targeted the machines in a bid to steal card details and cash, and urged those who have lost money to contact Santander.

But the bank said only five ATMs had been tampered with and these were shut down on police request. None of its customers had reported being defrauded, a spokeswoman said.

A spokesman for the Lancashire force said it is feared the issue could be more widespread.

He said: "We are advising the public to be vigilant, in particular of Santander machines, but of any cash machines.

"Report anything suspicious, have a visual check of the cashpoint and if in doubt leave it and go somewhere else."

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