New ATM scam warning as fraudsters use secret box to steal unsuspecting customer ATMs
- Fraudsters cover the recording slot with a dummy plastic cover to deceive customers
- Try to withdraw money but the money is left in the slot after they run away
- Scammers later pass the machine and put the money left behind in their pockets
Britons have been warned to exercise caution near ATMs after images surfaced of fraudsters using a secret box to steal money from customers.
The scam works by tricking people into thinking that there is only one slot for both withdrawals and deposits by covering the one for withdrawals with a plastic sheet.
When cash is spent, it stays behind the cover, after which customers often assume the machine is broken and walk away, not collecting the money.
The scam works by tricking people into thinking that there is only one slot for both withdrawals and deposits by covering the one for withdrawals with a plastic sheet. Pictured on the left is a wide view of the ATM, while on the right you can see the plastic sheet
Scammers later pass by the vending machine, open the dummy cover over the withdrawal slot and put the money in their pockets.
The trick was first highlighted by a TikTok user, who filmed himself using one of the tampered with ATMs at a Nationwide branch.
The building association said customers should always check for suspicious activity before withdrawing cash in public.
“The type of incident highlighted in the video, while rare, can happen to ATMs anywhere, anytime,” a spokesperson said. The mirror.
Scammers later pass by the vending machine, open the dummy cover over the withdrawal slot and put the money in their pockets. A video taken by a TikTok user shows the ATM with the dummy cover on (left) and disabled (right)
A message that the ATM is closed, which will probably persuade customers to leave their money
“Nationwide has taken a series of measures to combat this type of scam.
“But as the video also shows, it’s important that people remain vigilant and check for suspicious devices when using ATMs, especially those located outside.”
Other chains are likely affected as well.
Industry body UK Finance is urging customers to contact the bank or ATM immediately if your money is not coming out.
It comes amid a larger increase in fraud crimes during the pandemic, making it Britain’s most widespread crime, the government says.