11:45am Tuesday 8th July 2008
By Emma Tilley
CUSTOMERS at a petrol station in Andoversford have become victims of credit card fraud.
North Cotswold police issued advice to residents when a data recording device was found in the Murco petrol station.
The device was fitted to the credit card swipe machine and customer's card details have been cloned and used to withdraw money fraudulently.
Police became aware of the incidents after a number of local residents were contacted by their banks following suspicious withdrawals on their credit and debit card accounts in countries such as Jamaica.
The fraudulent transactions relate to cards that were used at the garage in Andoversford between May and the first week of June this year, though investigating officers are keeping an open mind as to when customers had their data stolen and when the cards were actually cloned.
Murco UK and the local management of the garage are cooperating fully with enquiries and the device has been seized for forensic examination.
Acting sergeant Tim Griffiths, of the North Cotswolds, said: "We received the first report of possible credit card cloning relatively early last Thursday morning and it was soon apparent that many in the area had fallen victim to numerous fraudulent transactions on their debit and credit cards.
"A warrant was executed on Saturday morning at the Murco Garage at Andoversford, as were related warrants for addresses in Cheltenham and Churchdown."
Anyone who has used the cashpoint in the time frame mentioned and noticed suspicious withdrawals from their account is advised to contact their bank immediately and then inform police on 0845 090 1234.
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