Reward to stop ATM criminals

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CASH machine operator LINK has teamed up with Crimestoppers to help combat cash point fraud across the region.

The organisations are offering rewards of up to £25,000 for information on cash machine scams.

In one scam in Sheffield, users of an automatic teller machine (ATM) in Sandygate Lane, Crosspool, were found to have had their accounts hacked - with one woman having hundreds of pounds withdrawn in a transaction made in New York.

Graham Mott, LINK spokesman, said: “To help combat cash machine crime, LINK, the UK’s cash machine network, is working in partnership with independent charity Crimestoppers to offer rewards for information relating to cash machine crime.

“Working closely with different police agencies and departments, including the dedicated cheque and plastic crime unit (DCPCU) - a banking industry-sponsored special police unit - the partnership aims to support the police in their fight against crime and help inform the public about how they can protect themselves.

“LINK is offering rewards of up to £25,000 for information related to cash machine crime. Information can be given completely anonymously and there is no need for anyone to leave any personal information.

“We’re urging the public to come forward with any information that they may have about cash machine crime, for example card skimming or physical attacks on cash machines themselves. Even something that may sound insignificant could be part of a bigger picture and prove invaluable in convicting someone involved in cash machine crime.”

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Barnard, head of the DCPCU, said: “Tackling cash machine fraud is a continuing priority for the DCPCU and a joined-up initiative of this nature has our full support.

Any relevant information passed through to Crimestoppers will be used to help track down those responsible - which will not only disrupt criminal activity but also send out a clear message that we are cracking down hard on those carrying out these crimes.”