LOTHIAN and Borders Police are urging people to be wary when using cash machines to withdraw money after suspicions of foul play were aroused in Eyemouth and East Lothian last week.
The police warning follows an incident at 8.15am on Sunday morning when a woman attempted to withdraw money from the Bank of Scotland, Automatic Teller Machine, Manse Road, and the machine kept her bank card.
Believing it to be suspicious, the female contacted police who subsequently attended and on examining the cash machine, discovered a device which is used to obtain card details of persons using the cash machine.
This device has been seized by police for further enquiry and the cash machine has been closed by the bank.
Officers are keen to trace and speak to two males seen using the machine around 6.15am on Saturday morning. One of the males was wearing a bright reflective top and may have information, which could assist police with their investigation.
The incident on Sunday followed the discovery of traces of glue surrounding the card slot at the same cash machine on Wednesday, November 16.
There was also evidence of something being stuck to the underside of the lip above the screen.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the men on Saturday morning or seen anyone acting suspicious in or around the cash machine between Friday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19, to contact them immediately.
And it appears that the same culprits may have also targeted East Lothian.
An engineer alerted police at around 2.30pm last Thursday after discovering a card-skimming device attached to an RBS ATM at ASDA in Spott Road, Dunbar.
Officers uplifted the device, which is believed to have been on the machine for around 48 hours.
Anyone who used the ATM during this period is urged to check their bank account for any irregularities.
A member of the public then contacted police after seeing two men acting suspiciously around the cash machine at the Tesco petrol station in Tanatallon Road, North Berwick around 4pm. the same day.
When officers arrived they found that the machine had been tampered with and are now urging anyone who saw these men to get in touch.
Both suspects are described as white, 25-35-years-old, with short brown hair. They were wearing dark jackets and spoke with Eastern European accents.
A police spokesman said: “We are currently investigating whether both these incidents are linked and anyone with information that can assist with our enquiries is asked to come forward immediately.
“Anyone who has used these cash machines in the past few days should contact their bank and report any fraudulent activity to police.”