Airmen told to be aware of ATM scam in England
July 16, 2008
RAF MILDENHALL, England — Airmen have been warned to stay vigilant following the discovery of four Suffolk automated cash machines fitted with skimming devices and cameras used to obtain the details of ATM cards.
Suffolk police said they seized the equipment from Mildenhall’s Barclays Bank, plus two cash machines in Bury St. Edmunds and another in rural St. Edmundsbury. On Monday, the 100th Security Forces Squadron echoed the police’s warning in an internal e-mail.
Card skimmers are card readers typically found on ATMs. Once the readers have recorded the card information of an unsuspecting ATM user, thieves pick up the reader and make a new card, according to the e-mail.
"Should you come across a reader contact the local constabulary as soon as possible," the e-mail said.
Since the skimmers were removed by police, any details copied onto them are now in police custody away from the hands of thieves.
"In theory, [criminals] shouldn’t have any of that information," said Lisa Crane, a Suffolk police spokeswoman.
"It’s down to the customer to be vigilant to check the machine for tampering, cover the PIN pad with their hand and to make sure no one is watching over their back," said Irene East, a Barclays spokeswoman.
Crane added that no one has been arrested in the latest scam.