'Lebanese Loop' Returns To Chiswick High Road

Police issue warning to watch out for scam at local ATMs

A Lebanese Loop showing strip of metal in card slot
A Lebanese Loop showing strip of metal in card slot. Picture: Hounslow Police


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Hounslow Police have issued a warning to people using cash machines in Chiswick to watch out for 'Lebanese' loops.

They posted on Twitter. "Theses loops have appeared in #Chiswick High Road It involves fraudsters inserting devices which consist of a strip/sleeve of metal or plastic into the bank machines card slot. It prevents the card being ejected Report any suspicious activity to police."

Fraudsters may have acquired the card holders PIN by 'shoulder surfing' or sometimes they offer help to the person whose card has been retained, encouraging them to re-enter their PIN a number of times so they can learn what it is.

If your card is retained due to a loop your account will not be debited. You are advised to contact your bank immediately.

This scam is called the Lebanese loop because it reportedly originated with crime gangs in that country but is now seen all over the world.


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November 20, 2021


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