'Shoulder surfing' at ATMs triples in the past year
If you go down to the cash machine today, be sure to watch your back for heavy breathing PIN number grabbers. According to Financial Fraud Action UK, 'shoulder surfing' (the act of sneaking a look at your pin and then grabbing your card) has almost tripled, with 7525 incidents in 2013 compared to 2533 in a similar period in 2012.
It's apparently because chip and pin cards are making fraud a tricky business these days. So criminals, unable to take the hi-tech route, are going back to the old traditional ways of just robbing people blind in the street.
Still, it's all very well telling people to watch their backs and shield their pins, but how can we really protect ourselves against this? Surely banks can employ an eye-scanning technological solution that can better protect old ladies from being attacked by marauding pin stealers?
Or are we all going to have to wear shoulder spikes and Ming the Merciless collars every time we want to take out a tenner?