Warning after cash machine users’ accounts raided


Hundred of pounds has been stolen from bank accounts after people have used Harrogate cash machines which have been tampered with by thieves.

Police found suspicious devices on a cash machine in the Leeds Road area of Harrogate.

Three members of the public have had amount between £50 and £350 taken from their bank accounts.

Police are now urging people to be extra-vigilant when withdrawing money.

PC David Mackay, of Harrogate police, said: “I want to take this opportunity to raise awareness around cash point safety in our area.

“We have recovered the devices that have been concealed on a cash point in the town. I would urge the public to have a good look at cash points before you use them and if you see anything that is out of place or that looks suspicious, please contact the police.”

Officers have offered the following crime prevention advice to the public to help protect them from cash point fraud:

Have a look at the cash point and see if there is anything which looks out of place, or any suspicious additions to the machine

Always shield your PIN with your spare hand

Check who is in the vicinity of the cash point and be aware of who is around you

Make regular checks of your bank account for any unauthorised withdrawals

Contact your bank and the police if you believe you have been a victim

If anyone has any information about the devices, or has seen anything suspicious in or around the Leeds Road area of Harrogate, please contact the police or Crimestoppers with information.

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for PC Dave Mackay or Harrogate police.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to david.mackay@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.