Police in Bolsover are reminding people to be vigilant around cash machines after skimming devices were found on an ATM three times in the past two weeks.
The incidents have been reported at the cash machine at the Post Office on Cotton Street. People have been putting their card in the machine to withdraw cash, but their bank card has not been returned by the machine.
Officers are appealing for information about any suspicious behaviour in the area, and offering advice around cash machine security.
The Bolsover Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team have also posted pictures of the ATM on their Twitter account with and without the device, and are asking people to see if they can spot the difference, in a bid to help raise awareness of the locally.
PCSO Ben Perry said: “Please be vigilant when you use a cash machine, and take a look around the machine to see if you can spot anything unusual before you use it. Always cover the keypad as you enter your PIN number and if you insert your card and it appears to be stuck or is retained then check the fascia and contact your bank or card issuer immediately.
“If you notice anyone acting suspiciously then please contact the police as soon as possible.”
Advice and tips for when using cash machines include:
Look for anything that seems out of place such as ill-fitting components, wires, tape, hidden cameras or missing panels. If the card gets stuck, or you notice an error message, alert the bank immediately and inform the police.
Shield your pin number.
Discreetly put your money and card away before leaving a cash machine.
Report incidents promptly to your bank and the police
Save your bank's phone number into your mobile phone
If someone is behaving suspiciously behind you or making you feel uncomfortable, cancel the transaction and use another machine.
Don't be distracted by others while at the cash machine.
Keep an eye on your bank statements to check for any unusual activity
Anyone with information about the incidents should contact PC Lewis Staniforth, on 101, quoting crime number 14077/16. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.