No customer accounts have been compromised, police said. However, officers from the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit are urging members of the public to be vigilant when using cash machines and immediately report anything suspicious.
“The tampering consisted of a skimming device being placed over the card slot of the machines and the pin number/card details are copied,” said Detective Chief Inspector Claudia Brady. “Fortunately, on both occasions, bank staff from both of the financial institutions that were affected quickly identified that the machines had been tampered with. Due to their quick actions and vigilance, none of their customers have lost out financially.”
Police advise the following when using a cash machine:
*Make sure that the green band of lights around the card slot is illuminated.
*Check the machine to make sure that nothing looks out of place or suspicious.
*Check for any small holes, they could be as small as a pin prick, near the keypad as this could be a concealed camera.
*Always cover the keypad with your hand when entering your PIN number.
If you believe that the machine has been tampered with, do not use it but immediately report to your bank and to the police.