WEARSIDERS are being warned to be aware of card skimming devices when they use cashpoints.
The devices come in two parts – a card reader fitted around the card slot, and a Pin reader in the form of a mobile phone camera fitted behind a plate with a pin hole above the screen.
Northumbria Police Detective Chief Inspector Paul Young said: “We want to alert people to be on their guard when using cashpoint machines.
“If members of the public do have any concerns that the machine they are about to use could have been tampered with, they should report it to the bank, store or police straightaway.
“If anyone sees someone acting suspiciously around a cashpoint they should report it to police straightaway.”
Anyone with any information into the incidents, or to report suspicious behaviour around cash points, is asked to contact Northumbria Police on the new 101 non-emergency number.