Residents are being warned to be aware when using cash points in the borough following a number of incidents in Merton where people have lost their cash cards in what is known as the Lebanese Loop.
The Lebanese Loop is when a device is attached to the machine in order to trap your card. The thief will watch as you type in your pin number. It then appears as if the machine has retained your card. When you have left the thief will then remove your card and use it to withdraw money from your account.
Merton Partnership Against Crime (MPAC) is urging residents to follow their advice to avoid being a victim of these scams:
· Never write down your PIN or tell anyone else what it is. When your receive the notification of your PIN destroy it immediately
· If you are distracted at the cash point or think that someone has seen your PIN, cancel the transaction and leave
· Check the machine to see if there is anything stuck to it or if anything else looks out of place. Run your finger along the slot for your card. If there is something odd, do not use the machine
· If your card is not returned by the cash machine, report it to your card issuer immediately.
· If you notice anything strange about the cash point then do not use it. If the bank is open then report it to staff there immediately or alternatively contact the Police.
Caroline Ellis, MPAC Assistant Officer, said “If you follow this advice you can keep yourself safe and sound whilst using a cash machine. Always remember to be aware of your surroundings and if you feel uncomfortable to use another machine.”
For further information on crime prevention visit http://www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention, or contact the Crime Prevention Unit for Merton on 020 8649 3249. Contact MPAC on 020 8545 4720