CASHPOINT scammers working in Southampton have struck again in what is the third incident in just two weeks.

According to police one victim found a fake card reader at the Barclays Bank ATM in Above Bar Street.

They then found another device above the screen thought to be a hidden camera during the incident on January 13.

Officers have since seized both devices which they have released images of.

As reported previously by the Daily Echo, a woman had her card "swallowed" at the same Barclays ATM on January 8.

Her card was later used to make £120 worth of unauthorised purchases.

The incident took place between 10.20pm and 10.50pm.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, January 4 a Southampton man had his card "eaten" at the same cashpoint.

On closer inspection, he found a device "stuck to the ATM with super-glue".

However, he managed to get the card back by prising the device from the ATM using a set of keys.

A police spokesperson said: "We want to alert people to reports of potentially fraudulent devices and card skimmers attached to an ATM Southampton.

"We received reports (on Weds January 8 and Monday, January 13) of suspicious devices attached to the ATM at Barclays Bank on Above Bar Street; on both occasions, a person had inserted their card into the ATM which was then ‘swallowed.’

In the first instance, the bank confirmed that a device had been attached to the machine and the card had been stolen and subsequently used fraudulently.

We are continuing to investigate both incidents and work closely with banks to ensure we can protect people from fraud.

Stay vigilant and always check the machine to see if it’s been tampered with before you use it. Look out for devices attached to the machine and if you do see something suspicious contact the police and the bank.

A Barclays spokesperson said: “We are aware of the recent issues relating to the Barclays ATM at Above Bar branch, Southampton, and we’re working with the local police. Barclays has one of the most extensive ATM networks across the UK and we are one of the leading banks in our work to ensure our machines are protected from attack. Unfortunately, fraud is a problem for the whole banking industry and we continue to work hard to look at how we can combat attacks whilst ensuring that we maintain a maximum ATM service.

"We advise customers to always be vigilant when using their bank cards. If your card is withheld or you notice any suspicious behaviour please notify your bank straight away - Barclays customers should call 0800 400 100*so that their card can be blocked immediately and rendered useless to the criminals."

Police are warning people to scan the area around ATMs before using them and to be aware of anyone standing close by.