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Thieves fitted device on heavily used cash point near train station
THERE are fears hundreds of people could have been stung by a city centre cash machine scam.
Police have urged users of the machine outside the Co-op convenience store at Nelson Gate in Commercial Road, Southampton, to contact their banks after it was targeted by criminals.
Two men were seen to tamper with the outdoor cashpoint and police believe users could fall victim to theft.
Officers say a small covert camera and a card reader device were located on the machine.
Now police have issued CCTV images of two men who were in the area at the time and who could have information about the tampering.
The machine is at the heart of a busy commuter link, with potentially thousands of people coming in and out of nearby Southampton central train station every day.
A number of busy bus stops stand opposite the machine, while Costa Coffee, Subway, and the HSBC headquarters, are in the vicinity of the cash point.
The scam, which was operating between 6pm on October 23, and 11.30pm on October 24, is the latest in a string of cashpoint crimes to hit Hampshire.
The cash machine in Nelson Gate
Vandals attempted to remove anti-skimming devices, which stops people cloning cards.
Police believe these attempts are linked, but have ruled out a link between the incident in Nelson Gate.
PC Wayne Cockman, who is investigating the Nelson Gate incident, said: “If you used the machine between 6pm October 23, and 11.30pm October 24, you are advised to contact your bank to advise them of this suspicious incident.”
Anyone who recognises the men in the CCTV images are asked to contact PC Cockman at Southampton Central on 101.
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