Thebunhouse wrote:This morning I fell for a well worked scam at the cycle hiring station at Southwark Station, Blackfriars Road. A well dressed Frenchman approached me politely asking if I spoke French because he needed help to read the instructions to hire a 'Boris Bike'. I tried to help and in doing so lost two cards, a debit card and a credit card. It was smooth and almost like a magician's trick. I put the cards in the machine but never saw them come out. I awaited the appearance of the technician who phoned me to tell me he would be there within 15 minutes and of course he never arrived. Meanwhile the thieves were trying to empty my accounts. I do not know how much I have lost or will have lost before I closed both accounts.
The man is black, was wearing a camel overcoat and spoke with a French accent and is about 5'10" tall. I suspect he had two accomplices, a white couple who appeared after I had lost the cards and seemed to wait to use the pay-point but gave up and moved on whilst I was dithering and arguing.
I cannot tell you how foolish I feel and how angry I am with myself for falling for the scam. I feel sick to the bottom of my stomach and don't think I will sleep tonight.
So, friends, take note from a once bitten but, hopefully, never a twice bitten poorer fool. Keep absolute control of your cards at a ATM, never let any body see your pin, never let anybody near your card or distract you at the machine and keep your hand over the insert/exit card slot.
Me, I will never help anybody use/using an ATM again.
Be careful out there.
LukeGrangeWalker wrote:Maybe we should stop asking. TheBunhouse is clearly upset and has already stated that s/he has no idea - as it was by 'magic'.
These trixters are cunning and there is sometimes no way of knowing how the the trick works.
But we should be grateful for the heads-up and be on our guard.
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