|A typical skimmer device - there are many different designs and types being produced|
A quick thinking member of the public immediately called Cambridgeshire Police, when her card was seemingly 'gobbled up' and retained by an ATM at Barclays, Parsonage Lane, Burtwell at 6.30am on Wednesday March 6th.
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She spotted a suspicious man loitering nearby, and gave a detailed description to officers who arrested Alin Al-Badi . A skimming/retention device was also discovered attached to the face of the cash machine.
Al-Badi, 32, pleaded guilty to possessing an article for use in fraud, and was jailed for three months at Cambridge Magistrates' Court on Thursday March 7th.
PC John Bunyan commented: "The member of the public showed great public-spirit calling police with her concerns and give a description of Al-Badi who was nearby. We would urge people to remain vigilant when using cash points and to report anything suspicious."
PBOROtrib note: Skimming and capture false fronts for 'hole in the wall' cash machines increasingly used by Cooks appear to be very realistic, and can easily fool most of us into thinking cards have been retained legally. In this case, police could act, as the member of public concerned took immediate action. Often skimming gangs will deploy several devices in an area, before moving them on to a new location..
Experts say that as ATMs are usually paired up it is easy to spot any 'cosmetic' differences between the two fronts. In any case, if your card is swallowed up for no reason at all, always immediately phone and call into your bank and if you suspect something is not quire right, call police on 101 or 999 if the suspect is still nearby,
POLICE 101, Emergency 999, Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 & PBOROtrib NEWSDESK 01733 345581, E&OE