While everyone is focused on the HMRC accidentally misplacing CDs with the personal details of 25 million British citizens, I thought I’d relate the following little story. I was in a major bank on Hampstead High Street [*] today. While I was there, I overheard a staff member talking to another (the manager?) about a recent spate of thieves who put card readers on the ATMs (cashpoints). She had just discovered that one of the ATMs outside the branch had been tampered with again. I then had this conversation with the personal banker I was seeing:
Me: Would you take cash out of the teller machine outside?
Personal Banker: Me? No way.
Me: Where would you take cash out?
Personal Banker: I’d use the cashpoint inside the bank, but never outside.
[*] For those that don’t know, Hampstead is one of the wealthier parts of London.