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Brian Blundell
Wednesday 30th January 2019 - 11:52

Staying safe from scams

Brian Blundell, a member of our Resident Communications Group, shares an experience to warn others about personal safety when using a cashpoint.

Not too long ago, while withdrawing some money from a machine, I looked around me and a man barged in.

He said he wanted his receipt, but his hand went to where the cash comes out. He’d seen my crutches and thought I was an easy target.

Fortunately, I responded quickly and pushed him away, although it took a few attempts, and he ran off with nothing.

Others may not be as lucky. That’s why I wanted to share my story so that we all understand it’s important we stay aware of our surroundings.

Cash machines can make things more convenient, but being careful pays off.

If you can, always go into the bank branch and withdraw cash there.

If that isn’t possible, consider taking a friend with you when you use a cashpoint and make sure no one else is around. Use machines in well-lit areas, check a machine before you use it to see if anything may have been added, and always protect your pin.

Look out for your neighbours and we can stay safe from scams.

For more information, visit The Crime Prevention or Money Facts websites.

This Phoenix Voices article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of the Phoenix Flyer, which you can read here.