Australians who are planning to travel to Bali have been issued a warning about an ATM card scam which has caused tourists to lose thousands of dollars.
Victims of the scam are claiming that their accounts were emptied after they tried to use the ATMs inside mini-marts.
Professor Allan Manning, the executive chairman and founder of an insurance company LMI Group, issued a warning on Tuesday urging travelers to only use ATMs inside banks.
Mr Manning explained how the whole scam is happening. Your credit card will first get swallowed up by the machine. You will then be suggested to enter your pin in order to retrieve the card.
Mr Manning wrote, ‘You can imagine what happens, as soon as you enter your pin, all the money in the account, or your daily limit at least, is charged and you do not get your card back, or any money.’
He said that people who are visiting Bali in the near future should only use ATM machines inside the banks.
Mr. Manning further said, ‘If you have entered your pin number, the bank WILL NOT refund the money and you will be out of pocket.’
Many people are falling prey to this scam. One person wrote on Twitter, ‘Do not use any bank atm outlets in Bali as all of them are compromised, it seems to be a mother of all scams!’
‘Watch out for atm in Canggu, we got the card back but no money. Even though the money was missing on our account,’ another wrote.
Source – Daily Mail