Garda issue warning over ‘shoulder surfing’ at Limerick ATMs

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Garda issue warning over ‘shoulder surfing’ at Limerick ATMs

Gardai are warning the public to be vigilant about so-called 'shoulder surfing' while at ATMs

GARDAI are warning of a surge in the number of incidents of so-called “shoulder surfing”.

The warning comes following a spike in fraudulent transactions on debit cards at locations in Limerick over the past week.

“I cannot emphasise strongly enough the importance of protecting your pin number of your credit or debit card and of course the card itself. Thieves are hanging around ATMs and shops and waiting to see if they can figure out a person’s pin number when they use their bank card to take out cash or to buy something,” said divisional crime prevention officer, Sergeant Ber Leetch. 

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“If they do see the 4-digit number they then follow and steal the wallet or purse and extract any amount of cash that they can using the card and pin number. Be very aware who is close to you when you’re at a check out or ATM and cover your number as you put it in,” she added.