New Warning On Cash Machine Distraction Scam Sweeping Britain

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Bank customers are being warned to be on their guard as a new wave of distraction thefts are being staged at cash machines up and down the country.

The scam is over in a blink of an eye, leaving customers unaware they have had their bank card swapped for a fake one and their account at the mercy of the thieves.

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Barclays has released footage of one customer being scammed as he uses an ATM. It shows a young man inputting his PIN as another man uses an adjacent machine.

A woman behind the victim has clocked his code, then drops some money to distract him.

New Warning On Cash Machine

Her male accomplice reaches across, swaps the victim’s bank card for a fake one, and then continues on his way.

The victim returns his attention to the machine, pockets his cash and card and leaves – unaware he’s carrying a forged card while the woman and her accomplice armed with his card and PIN soon set about raiding his account.

Warning On Cash Machine

Fraud at cash machines rose by a fifth to £32.7million in the last year alone, according to Financial Fraud Action UK.

A Barclays spokesperson said: “We are determined to do all it can to combat fraud. We’ve had a media campaign across all of our different channels, direct mails, in-branch posters and ATMs, so it actually just felt like a really natural step to put our weight behind a TV campaign.”

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Advice from Barclays to stop the scammers:

  • Don’t let anyone distract you when you’re at a cash machine
  • Cover your PIN when you pay in shops or go to a cash machine
  • Ignore people who speak to you when you’re at a cash machine – even if they appear to be helpful
  • Don’t use a cash machine if it, or anyone around it, looks suspicious
  • Call your bank straightaway if you think your card, PIN or other security details have been compromised

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