Fears over cash machine fraud in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 17:33 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 26 October 2009

A CASH machine in Potters Bar is at the centre of a police investigation following 13 reports of fraud in the area. The ATM at the Co-op store on High Street is thought to have been attached with a cloning device claiming thousands of pounds. Seven nurs

A CASH machine in Potters Bar is at the centre of a police investigation following 13 reports of fraud in the area.

The ATM at the Co-op store on High Street is thought to have been attached with a cloning device claiming thousands of pounds.

Seven nursery workers at Head Start Day Nursery in the High Street were left feeling "violated" after £2,000 was stolen from their bank accounts.

Manager Lucy Hammond, 29, said: "I told everyone it may be worth calling their banks to check their accounts, after one worker had been informed on Monday [July 28] by her bank about suspected fraud.

"Seven out of 17 staff had money taken, including myself.

"I had two separate transactions come out totalling £222.

"I feel violated. It's horrible to think that someone has been using our cards."

Samantha Wright, of Hatfield Road, Potters Bar, is third in charge at the nursery.

The 21-year-old said: "Somebody had tried to take money from my account in Canada and the USA.

"I feel angry it has happened and I want to get to the bottom of this.

"It's happening to a lot of people around here and I want to know who is responsible."

A spokesman for the Co-operative bank told the Potters Bar Edition: "We had a notification last Monday about a potential cloning machine added to the ATM at the Co-op store.

"We immediately shut the machine down and sent out an engineer.

"There was no evidence at this point to suggest the machine had been used by fraudsters, but we are still investigating."

A police spokeswoman said they were looking into the reports regarding credit and debit card fraud in the Potters Bar area.

She added: "We are currently investigating the possibility that these incidents can be linked to an ATM in the town, which was suspected of being tampered with.

"If anyone notices anything suspicious regarding ATMs they should report it to the necessary banks immediately.

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