Cashpoints targeted in scam

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A PORTSMOUTH cashpoint is among 25 used by con artists.

Fraudsters attached a device to a cash machine at the Co-op in Havant Road, Drayton, to try to trick unsuspecting members of the public out of cash.

One customer spotted the device on Saturday and managed to get their money back.

But police say others may not have been so lucky.

The incident is one of 25 across Hampshire in the last three weeks in which a strip of plastic has been stuck to the area where cash is dispensed.

Police say the devices trick customers into thinking the machine is faulty. They stop money from being given out as it gets stuck to glue applied to the strip. The thieves later remove the plastic – and the cash.

Barclays bank in Portswood Broadway, Southampton, has been targeted at least 23 times since the end of March. In the latest incident on April 16 the customer discovered the scam and police seized the device used.

There were also two cases at the Barclays bank cashpoint at Hythe, in the New Forest, on April 13. In total £300 was stolen. Police say there have been cases at other Barclays cash machines and those at convenience stores including Co-ops in Southampton.

Inspector Mark Lewis said: ‘It is always wise to check a cash machine quickly beforehand for any obvious devices before using it.’