GARDAI are warning members of the public to be vigilant when using their ATM cards to withdraw money after they were alerted to a new type of elaborate skimming device, which has been discovered in recent weeks.
It is not known, at this stage, if any of the new devices have been used in Limerick but according to gardai, a number have been discovered across the country.
“These devices are being used with cameras that are hidden on the underside of the PIN shield,” said crime prevention officer, Sgt Brian Broderick.
The secret cameras are used to record details of the card-holders PIN which is then downloaded along with the information stored on the cards’ magnetic chip.
Earlier this year the elaborate nature of skimming devices was highlighted when a Moldovan man received a lengthy prison sentence for manufacturing devices at his home in Rhebogue.
Limerick Circuit Court was told the devices were “made to order” and that the information was then placed onto gift cards or loyalty cards before being used for fraudulent transactions.
Imposing sentence, the trial judge said the actions of the accused man had the potential to undermine the whole of the banking system.
Sgt Brian Broderick says card-holders can never be too careful when using their credit card or ATM cards.
“ATM users should always carefully cover the PIN pad when using the machine,” he said adding that if anyone notices any suspicious devices attached to an ATM machine they should notify the bank and their local garda station.