iPods used in new city card scam

iPods are being used in the latest cashpoint scam. Picture: Michael Gillen
iPods are being used in the latest cashpoint scam. Picture: Michael Gillen
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THIEVES are using iPods attached to city cash machines to film victims entering Pin numbers before stealing their money.

Officers have recovered a number of the Apple devices from ATM machines in the Capital as fraudsters exploit technology in the latest “card skimming” scam.

The iPod Nanos, which are small and thin and cost around £170, are taped to the top of cashpoints with their cameras aimed at the keypad.

The thieves block the card slot to prevent cards being returned and when the unsuspecting customer leaves, they use the newly filmed Pin to withdraw funds.

Police today warned customers to be on their guard against the fraud and report any suspicious devices on ATMs.

Fraud campaigners said the use of the lightweight iPods by criminals had been seen elsewhere in the UK, including Glasgow.

Tony Blake, crime prevention officer at the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU), said: “While it is of concern to hear of skimming devices being used by fraudsters in Edinburgh, withdrawing your money from cash machines remains very safe.

“All customers should 
protect themselves by covering their Pin when using cash machines, and if their card is trapped by the machine to report it to their card supplier immediately.”

Card skimming has been a problem in the Capital for several years. Last May, several devices were recovered from ATMs in Clerk Street, Marchmont Road, Comiston Road, Bruntsfield Place and Morningside Road.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We are aware of the various and sophisticated methods used by those involved in serious and organised crime to obtain personal information from the public whilst using ATMs. Among these are the use of iPods, mobile phones and cameras.

“We ask people to check the ATM they are using, cover the keypad with their hand as they enter the Pin number and to check no-one is looking over your shoulder.

“Members of the public should not remove any devices but they should report suspicious activity.”