Belfast Telegraph

PSNI discover device intended to 'trap' bank cards at Antrim shopping centre

A hard to detect 'trapping-device' was discovered in an ATM machine.
A hard to detect 'trapping-device' was discovered in an ATM machine.

Police have warned the public to be vigilant after a "card-trapping" device was discovered in an ATM at a Co Antrim shopping centre.

The device was discovered by an engineer serving an ATM at the Castle Mall.

The latest warning comes after a skimming machine was discovered on an ATM machine in Belfast last week.

"Worryingly, the device is extremely hard to detect and was only able to be spotted by the engineer when servicing the ATM," a PSNI spokesperson said.

"It is designed to “trap” the users card in the card reader when the ATM returns it to the user after a transaction. The ATM user may think the card has simply been taken by the machine.

"If the ATM appears to take your card, remain beside the ATM and phone your bank there and then to cancel the card. This ensures that no one can take your card from the reader and use it when you leave."

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