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Card Scam Warning.

Cash card cloners are operating in the Vale of Glamorgan, police revealed today.

And they believe dozens of people could have been stung in the bank scam, with stolen money running into thousands of pounds.

Officers say they are particularly concerned about banks in Cowbridge being targeted after they found evidence of glue and criminal damage to the HSBC and NatWest banks' cashpoint machines in the town.

They are now warning people in the area to be vigilant. CLONERS STRIKE AGAIN: Cash card cloners are operating in the Vale of Glamorgan, police revealed today.

And they believe dozens of people could have been stung in the bank scam, with stolen money running into thousands of pounds.

Officers say they are particularly concerned about banks in Cowbridge being targeted after they found evidence of glue and criminal damage to the HSBC and NatWest banks' cashpoint machines in the town.

They are now warning people to be on the lookout for any 'skimming' devices, which are glued into the card insert of an ATM.

These then scan cards put in by customers, giving scammers access to their accounts.

Superintendent Josh Jones, Divisional Commander of police in the Vale of Glamorgan, said: 'These devices have been engineered to clone credit and debit cards by scanning the details.

'We are asking the public to remain vigilant and to report anything that may look suspicious when approaching cash machines within the Vale of Glamorgan.'

Bank scammers have stung South Wales residents for thousands of pounds in recent weeks.

Although customers get their card back, their details are stored on the scanning device and are used to make a cloned card. Victims have reported their cards have been used in London and as far afield as Istanbul, in Turkey.

Police have offered the following advice when using a cash machine:

Check the machine to see if there is anything stuck in it before using your card. If you see anything suspicious do not use the machine and report it to the bank and police.

Use your free hand to cover the PIN pad to prevent anyone seeing your PIN number as you key it in.

If you are distracted by anyone when using the machine cancel the transaction and try to recover the card.

If the machine does not return your card, report it immediately to your card issuer.

Check your bank statements to make sure money is not being taken from your account using a counterfeit card.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 26, 2004
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