Audacious thieves in Romania have constructed a complete automated teller machine (ATM), minus the cash box, to steal the details of account holders, banking officials said.

Fake ATMs have appeared at apartment buildings or in areas of the capital where there are no banks, local papers reported.

Usually criminals only place a fake panel over an existing ATM, and do not construct a complete machine.

Police are investigating the incidents.

Romania’s biggest bank, Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR), said customers should only use ATMs situated around bank branches. “Banks do not install ATMs in blocks of flats,” BCR spokesman Cornel Cojocaru said.

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