Hunt to find cash machine skimmers

DO YOU KNOW THESE MEN?: Police have released these CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with ten anti-skimming devices being stolen from two Barclay's banks in the borough.
DO YOU KNOW THESE MEN?: Police have released these CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with ten anti-skimming devices being stolen from two Barclay's banks in the borough.
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POLICE are hunting for two men involved in a potential card cloning scam.

Ten anti-skimming devices have been stolen from two Barclays banks in Armthorpe and near Hyde Park.

Officers have now released this CCTV image of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the thefts.

The device is used on cash machines to alert banks of any suspicious activity and to detect when fraudulent devices and cameras have been attached to the machine by raising an alarm.

Without the device police say it is easier for crooks to install their own ‘skimming’ equipment which reads people’s details when they put their card in the machine.

The scam has affected several residents in the borough who have had hundreds, even thousands of pounds, pilfered from their accounts.

The latest incidents have affected ATMs at branches in Church Street, Armthorpe, and Ten Pound Walk.

Insp Amanda Hunter said: “I would always advise people to be vigilant when using cash machines, and to check if there are any irregularities with the machine, such as odd looking equipment or loose wires, and report it to the machine provider and also to the police.”

Last month the Free Press reported how 70-year-old Roy Dickinson said he was stung for £450 after using the hole-in-the-wall outside Scawthorpe Post Office in Amersall Road. Pensioners Christine and Dennis Ward said they also had more than £1,000 taken from the same ATM.

Anyone who can help identify the men or who have any information, should call police on 101 quoting incident number 253 of November 4.