Sep 12 2011 By James Cracknell
BARCLAYS bank has issued a warning to customers after a cashpoint in Ruislip was targeted by thieves.
The High Street branch was hit by scammers who attached a cover to a cash dispenser in order to catch notes before they were ejected.
Waiting for the customer to leave, the thieves would run over and take their money before reattaching the device - a thin metal strip.
Barclays have not confirmed how much was stolen on August 31 but several customers were hit. They were covered by the bank's refund policy for fraud victims.
A spokesman for the company said: "Barclays has one of the most extensive ATM networks across the UK and we are one of the leading banks in our work to ensure our machines are protected from attack.
"Unfortunately fraud is a problem for the whole banking industry and we have recently seen a slightly different type of attack on a number of our ATMs which has affected a small number of customers locally.
"We advise customers to always be vigilant when using their bank cards, for example: be wary of anybody who is nearby or approaches when you are using the ATM, be alert for signs that the ATM may have been tampered with and ensure that you always shield your PIN.
"If your card or cash is withheld or you notice any suspicious behaviour please notify your bank straight away."
Barclays customers should call 0870 010 4503 if they suspect a scam.