POLICE have issued a warning to Wirral residents after ATM machines across the borough have been targeted by criminals.

Officers are asking people to “stay extra vigilant” after there has been an increase in fraudulent activity involving card machines in Bromborough, Bebington and Liscard.

The warning comes after a device was found at an automated cash machine in Bebington on Friday, April 8.

Police seized the device from an ATM on Teehey Lane which stops money from being dispensed tricking the user into thinking the machine is broken before walking away without their money.

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Posting on their website, Merseyside Police have shared information on how to protect yourself from ATM theft:

Protect yourself from ATM theft

It’s a good idea to scan the area around ATMs before you use them. Be aware of anyone standing close by and always check the machine to see if it’s been tampered with before you use it.

Tell-tale signs of ATM fraud

Things to look out for are devices attached to the machine – some are more obvious than others. If you do see something suspicious contact the police and the bank.

Remember, if it doesn’t look or feel right then steer clear and, if possible, go inside the bank where it will be safer. And always keep a regular check on your transactions.

Be alert

We know it’s not always easy, but try to be aware of anyone near you when you’re at an ATM. Being aware of your surroundings and not being distracted makes it harder for people to take advantage and less likely that they’ll try to.

Thieves will watch as you key in your PIN or distract you while you’re withdrawing cash. Be vigilant. Cover your PIN and keep an eye on your card at all times. If someone taps you on the shoulder or tries to speak to you, just ignore them.

When you've left the ATM, put your card away immediately.

You should also be careful with contactless cards. You can get a card holder to prevent your card details being inadvertently read.

If anyone sees any suspicious devices or individuals around ATM machines to contact Police on Twitter at Merseyside Police Contact Centre or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or Call 101 or 999 in an emergency.