Scam warning using ‘ingenious’ method that can see your money stolen by ATM

A man who nearly lost his money due to an ATM in Greenwich believes he saw the thieves flee after they realized he had revealed their plot.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, shared a photo of the fake ATM cover, which is designed to prevent cash from leaving the machine before nearby thieves come and pick them up.

This comes after a wave of reports of the scam in south London, with some even using social media to raise awareness.

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The anonymous man said: “I took cash without paying too much attention and the money did not come out.

“I started calling the bank, and while talking on the phone, I looked closely, and the outcome seemed strange compared to the machine next door, which looked normal.

The connection is commonly known as a ‘Lebanese bow’

“I figured there was something stuck upstairs, and after a few tries I managed to pry it off and the money was inside.

“Still on the phone with the device in hand, the perpetrators arrived to pick up their winnings, but saw me standing there. They turned and went. “

He also explained that the thieves had gotten into a car with the engine running, so it seemed like they were “on tour” to collect.

He added: “My impression was that they are a professional bunch. The unit was also very well made.”

The original post on Reddit led others to offer advice to a user who suggested putting their hand in to “cheat around” to find money if they did not show up.

Another user asked why the ATM does not suck the money back if it is not taken, which someone explained was due to the “ingenious” grabbing method for the scam attachment, which is commonly known as a ‘Lebanese bow’ .

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Two more victims have already contacted MyLondon to report similar incidents at an ATM on Walworth Road near Elephant and Castle.

One told MyLondon about the “sticky plastic strip” that left glue over their money after pulling them off, while another said police had closed the investigation into her case after finding no probable trace.

Another Londoner also lost nearly £ 130 to the scam at an ATM on Portland Road, South Norwood, but managed to retrieve it after loosening the metal bar, according to Daily Mail .

In July, a man went to TikTok to expose an ATM scam on Streatham High Road, he can be seen pulling a metal cover off while warning others to “be careful”.

Industry body UK Finance encourages customers to contact the bank or ATM provider immediately if their money does not come out.

According to Statista, £ 28.1 million went. lost to ATM fraud in the UK in 2020 and the thieves have other methods as well.

Skimmer attachments and cameras can record card information as it is used, while cards can also be captured in the same way as cash.

You can read here for more on preventing ATM fraud.

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