A man had his bank account ‘cleaned out’ after using a cash machine in Kirkburton.
And now he is warning others to be vigilant after he was distracted by two Eastern European women whilst using the ATM last night.
Adrian’s partner Gill Burton said: “He stopped at the machine and as it started to blink to dispense cash two women started asking him for directions.
“The weather was horrendous and he was distracted and told them how to get to Huddersfield.
“When he turned back to the machine there was nothing there and he thought the machine had swallowed his card.”
But when he got home he told Gill and she said it sounded suspicious and encouraged Adrian to go on his online banking where he found there was only £9 left in his account.
Gill added: “He was really devastated. He rang the fraud line and I spoke to the police. Police have since told us that the card was used in the Co-op in Fenay Bridge where it was used to pay for items, to use the last £9 in the account.
“We phoned the Co-op and they have CCTV of the transaction.
“Police have told us there was a device on the machine - called a pressure pad - to record the pin. Adrian always covers his pin.
Adrian has since been refunded the £139 from Lloyds Bank fraud department.
Police are investigating the incident which comes just days four thefts were reported from ATMs, including one at premises in Huddersfield Road, Honley.
A further three incidents happened on Sunday November 30 with one taking place at the cash machine at the Co-op, Meltham Road, Netherton.
West Yorkshire Police released images (above and below) of men they want to speak to about the thefts.
Pc Sally Baines of Kirklees Rural NPT previously warned residents to be vigilant to avoid further victims where the cash machines have deliberately been tampered with in order to get hold of the money of innocent people.
Pc Baines said: “Due to a number of incidents we are warning people to be extra vigilant when using cash machines in the local area.
“Check the machine for any suspicious devices before you use it. If it doesn’t look right, don’t use it.
“If the cash machine operates as usual but does not dispense any money when it says on screen it has done, please do not walk away or leave it.
“Ring us on 101 from the cash machine.”
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In unrelated investigations, police would like to speak to the people pictured in the image gallery below. The people pictured in the images may be witnesses as well as suspects. If you recognise anyone, contact police on 101 quoting the reference number on the image caption.