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Glue-toting thieves 'stick up' ATM users

Glue-toting thieves 'stick up' ATM users

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Thieves are wielding glue guns to rob ATM users, the San Francisco Examiner reports. Police there are warning residents about a rise in reports of thieves disabling ATM keys by gluing down the "enter," "cancel" and "clear" buttons. When a frustrated customer goes inside the bank for help -- after already entering a PIN number -- the thieves pop out of hiding and withdraw money.

No word yet whether this is happening in our state. But if you do end up in this "sticky" situation, use the ATM's touchscreen to finish or cancel your transaction. Never leave your card in the machine unattended. Call the bank on your cell phone, or ask someone else to go inside and fetch help.

[Thanks to Consumerist].

Posted by Kristin Alexander All Consuming Blog Moderator at 03/17/2011 04:46:00 PM | 

Thanks for this valuable warning. This would be so easy for someone to pull off. ATM users definitely need to be alerted.
Posted by: Lisa Copp ( Email ) at 3/18/2011 9:44 AM

Wow.....manufacturers of these ATM's, along with bank's, have probably spent millions figuring out the highest security for ATM machines and how theives could use high-tech methods of stealing. Leave it to a criminal to think up something so dumb, it's actually genius. Good warning - thanks! Would have never thought of that.....
Posted by: Carl Amron ( Email ) at 3/23/2011 4:06 AM

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