Police in Bellshill this week issued a warning to people in the area to be on the lookout for for skimming devices at bank cash machines.
Over the past four to six weeks there have been a few incidents within the area involving the use of temporary card skimming devices being fixed to legitimate ATM machines.
Police said that while this type of crime was not limited to Bellshill, and that there had only been a small number of victims in the area, they do not ewant to see that number going up.
Chief Insp Rosie Wright, Area Commander at Bellshill, said: “I really don’t want anyone else in Bellshill becoming a victim of this crime.
“My officers are working with the banks and other premises raising awareness of card skimming devices.
“The best way to prevent becoming a victim is to at the machine before you use it.
“If it looks in any way tampered with, then don’t use it, but report it to police via 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“Be vigilant and keep your money and cards safe, especially in the run-up to Christmas.”
Anyone who suspects something untoward should stop, withdraw their card if you can and notify police and the bank as soon as possible.
No attempt should be made to remove any temporary device as this often holds valuable evidential information which may be useful in identifying the persons responsible.