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Sunday 20 April 2014

Crimestoppers offers reward to the public in the North for information on ATM fraud

CRIME fighting charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £25,000 to the public in Northern Ireland for any information they have related to cash machine fraud.

The charity is working closely with different police agencies and departments to support the police in their fight against ATM fraud and help inform the public about how they can protect themselves.

“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,’’ Senior LINK official, Graham Mott said.

 ‘‘Even something that may sound insignificant could be part of a bigger picture and prove invaluable in convicting someone involved in cash machine crime,’’ he added.

Callers can provide information completely anonymously and do not need to supply any personal information.

In the first six months of this year, there were 248 cases of ATM fraud in Ireland – 16 times the number of cases recorded over the same months in 2012, according to the Irish Payment Services Organisation (IPSO), which combats card fraud.

The organisation is blaming the surge in cash machine fraud on thieves returning to the more traditional card scams - such as card and cash trapping - where criminals retrieve cash once the customer leaves.

These scams are much easier to set up than the more sophisticated skimming fraud, where a thief swipes the information off the magnetic strip on the back of a card.

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