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Police warn community to be vigilant as elderly customers targeted at interstate ATMs

Police are issuing a warning to the public to be vigilant at automatic teller machines following reports of a pair of offenders targeting elderly customers interstate.

Information has been received from South Australia police of two men targeting elderly customers at ATMs. The pair have been distracting the customer, confusing them enough to obtain access to the PIN number and card.

Queensland Police are yet to receive reports of the offenders targeting customers in Queensland, however South Australia Police advise the offenders have been sighted in New South Wales and stolen card data has been accessed in Nerang.

Police are urging the community to be vigilant with their bank account details and to ensure they remain alert when using ATMs.

“Based on this information, we believe the pair may be already committing offences in Queensland.

“For this reason we need the community to be extra vigilant. Remember to always be cautious of your surroundings and anyone loitering around the machine, especially anyone who attempts to engage in conversation with you.

Always cover the area where you enter your PIN and never provide your PIN to anyone or allow them to use the machine on your behalf,” Detective Inspector Peter Brewer of the Fraud and Cyber Crime Group said.

Information received from South Australia Police suggest the first man is described as being between 20 and 35, 172-175cms tall, slim build with short black hair and a beard and moustache. He is of Middle Eastern appearance and wears prescription glasses.

The second man is described as being in his late 20s, 188cms tall, of slim build and of Middle Eastern appearance. In previous incidents he has been holding a satchel and wearing a black or grey baseball cap.

Any information in relation to the men should be provided to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

We are unable to provide any further information in relation to any of the alleged interstate incidents.

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Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.

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