High-tech cashpoint fraud attempt in High Street
Latest Lebanese Loop scam foiled by alert user and shoddy workmanship
A sharp-eyed member of the public avoided becoming the victim of a high-tech crime at the Barclays Bank cashpoint in Brentford High Street.
Local police have been aware of similar attempts at defrauding cashpoint users being carried out locally in recent weeks. Such scams go under the generic title of Lebanese Loop. They can be crude devices to simply retain a card whilst the user thinks the machine has broken or they can be more sophisticated, such as the Barclays example. The details gained can be used to 'clone' cards or enable muggers to know how much cash a potential victim is carrying.
All users of cashpoints are advised to
More information on ATM from Brentford police available here.
17 Aug 2004
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