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ATM Scam in Sitges

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ATM Scam in Sitges

Postby KOVAKS on Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:30 pm

Contributed by Debbie Tinsley:

A great site, and certainly worth reading before a trip to BCN. I've been several times, and only been the victim of an attempted handbag snatch (I chased him off with by shouting loudly) once.

I wondered if you'd heard of a scam which caught a friend of mine in Sitges last year?

A slim plastic pocket is placed in the slot of an ATM - of course when the next person puts in their card, it doesn't work and can't be ejected from the slot - you think it's been swallowed.

A helpful spanish speaking person is on hand with a mobile phone. He kindly phones the helpline number on the ATM for you (but of course it's not really the helpline, it's his friend round the corner).

He gives you the phone so that you can talk to the 'ATM helpline'. They then ask you for all your details, including your PIN number and when your helpful Spanish friend goes with you to report the incident to the Spanish police, his accomplice comes and fishes out the plastic pocket, containing your cash card.

How clever is that? My friend's account was emptied in a matter of hours.

I've also heard of this happening in London.
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