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Old 10.02.2009, 07:01
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Heads Up: Basel Railway Station Cashpoint Thieves

Hi,

Story here: http://www.20min.ch/news/basel/story/26162961

If you use the ticket machines (card payment) or cashpoint at Basel SBB, take care when you tap in your PIN to put your free hand over the keypad.

Also, when people approach you in the SBB, keep them at a distance and be aware of who and what is around you-

A gang of thieves have a scam going whereby they spy on people tapping in their PIN on the machines; later they pickpocket your card and use it to empty your account.

In the 20min story the thieves pilfered a victim's purse from her handbag while an accomplice distracted her by asking directions.

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Re: Heads Up: Basel Railway Station Cashpoint Thieves

Something similar happened to me at the Zurich train station. Luckily for me I had my wallet in an inside pocket. I was returning one of the luggage carts to the stand with my suitcase and travelling bag literally my the side of my leg.One came up to me and asked if I had change but continue walking , so naturally I turned around. In the time that it took to turn back which could not have been more than a few seconds my travelling bag had disappeared.
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