Detectives in Derry are trying to determine how long a cash trapping device has been operating at an ATM along one of the busiest routes in and out of Derry.
The device was uncovered at a cash machine situated outside a shopping complex on the Buncrana Road
Police have confirmed that the device was found by a man carrying out repairs to the machine.
Local people have now been urged to be vigilant following the latest ATM scam to be uncovered in the city.
There have previously been several incidents of cash skimming devices- which record personal banking details by using a false front- found attached to ATMs locally.
The curved plastic trapping device however is inserted into the cash slot and works by siphoning bank notes away from the exit slot into a separate compartment.
The device has been removed and Detective Sergeant Brian Reid says enquiries are now underway to establish how long it may have been there and identify those responsible for placing it.
He said: “I would ask anyone with any information regarding this device to contact detectives at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101.
Or if someone would prefer to provide information anonymously they can speak to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”
Local Councillors said people from across the north west were bound to be concerned over the discovery.
Sinn Fein Councillor Eric McGinley said: “While we don’t know the full details these people may have used the Bank Holiday as cover because there would be less people about and still a lot of people using bank machines.
“With the device having been discovered, hopefully nobody has fallen victim to this, and the episode highlights the need for people to be vigilant at any cash point.”
SDLP Councillor Shauna Cusack meanwhile said: “This is obviously very concerning for anyone who uses bank machines, which the majority of people do. Anyone who used this particular machine should contact their bank immediately. “It reinforces the need for everybody to be extra vigilant while using ATMs and if anyone seen anything that doesn’t look or seem right they should report it immediately and always cover their pin.
“It looks like this was professional behind this and that is very, very worrying,” she added.