Cash machine warning

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RESIDENTS in Pendle have been told to stay alert when using cash machines after police discovered a new scam to trick customers out of their money.

There have been two incidents in Colne where cash machines appeared not to give out any money as thieves had placed a thin metal strip in the hole where the money is collected, stopping it coming out. After a few minutes of waiting, customers believe the machine has no money and leave, before the thieves step in and remove the strip and cash.

Sgt Damian Pemberton said: “If you are not 100% sure that the cash machine looks normal and is operating normally, report it to the owners of the business to which the machine is attached, or call the police.”