PC Talks to Students about the Dangers of Card Skimming

PC Paul Buttercase from Fife Constabulary Elmwood College to talk about the dangers of card skimming to staff and students. An ATM was on display to highlight what to look for to ensure any machine has not been tampered with.  He also brought along examples of devices which can be fitted to machines to ‘skim’ your card details.

Attacks on ATM’s have become increasingly more frequent, widespread and sophisticated.  Recent media coverage highlighted a problem which has surfaced in Fife.  Members of the public should be vigilant when using ATMs and be aware of the possibility that they could have been tampered with.  Especially in the run up to Christmas, people need to be extra cautious.

Laura Hepburn, Student Co-ordinator commented:  “The College has a duty of care to students and we thought that it would be beneficial for them to hear about the risks involved in card skimming.”

PC Paul Buttercase, Community Safety Officer commented:  “We came to the College today to highlight and raise awareness about the dangers of card skimming. Particularly at this time of year when people are taking cash from card machines, it is important to be aware of some of the risks and checks to avoid your card being skimmed and bank account compromised.”


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