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FYI: ATM Scam - Lebanese loop

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by Jazz, Mar 27, 2002.

  1. Jazz

    Jazz TRIBE Member


    I've got to hand it to these grifters, pretty ingenious scam!
  2. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

    Wouldn't it not accept the card if it was displaying "temporarily out of order"?

    Did you receive this in an email forward or from someone you know?

    Was there a disclaimer that if you forward this message to ten people that you won't be scammed?

  3. Klubmasta Will

    Klubmasta Will TRIBE Member

    those lebanese people and their dirty tricks.
  4. daddyiwantchocolate

    daddyiwantchocolate TRIBE Member

    Waiting for someone to say 'what a gyp!'.

  5. Gizmo

    Gizmo TRIBE Member

    But damn they make good shawarma's.
  6. Klubmasta Will

    Klubmasta Will TRIBE Member

    if that bitch tried that to me, i'd give her a columbian necktie.

    anyone up for a mexican breakfast? don't say yes if you mean no cuz nobody likes an indian-giver.
  7. Jazz

    Jazz TRIBE Member

    LOL... :D

    Well, I just did a quick search on it and it turns out that the email is just a forward (it wasn't sent to me as a forward which is why I posted it), but the scam listed in it is 100% true...

    Last edited: Mar 27, 2002
  8. SlipperyPete

    SlipperyPete TRIBE Member

    I've reported this post to a moderator

  9. daddyiwantchocolate

    daddyiwantchocolate TRIBE Member

    And just who the fuck do you think you are?
  10. Gizmo

    Gizmo TRIBE Member

    Please refer all queries to Dr. Haywood Jablome.
  11. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    or slip 'er the old polish kolbassa
  12. daddyiwantchocolate

    daddyiwantchocolate TRIBE Member

  13. noahmintz

    noahmintz TRIBE Member

    This thread wins funiest thread of the day!

  14. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

    Ahaha... :D

  15. echo

    echo TRIBE Member

    Taken from Snopes "urban legend" page:

    although the e-mail is suspect, the type of theft it warns ATM users to be wary of is possible. There are two forms of the "Lebanese loop," both of which can net a card thief your ATM card and your PIN, a combination known to be deadly to one's bank account. (Not all ATMs -- particularly more recent models -- can be fooled through this technique, however.)

    In one method, a laminated card is placed over the ATM's video screen and a device inserted into the card slot to disable that mechanism. On the laminated card are printed instructions to enter one's PIN three times. The thief then hangs about to shoulder surf the victim ("shoulder surfing" being the term for "watching what number that person taps onto the keypad"). A customer arrives and loses his card to the machine. (And his PIN, because that was picked off by the eagle-eyed thief, but he's not yet aware of this turn of events.) Once he realizes the cashpoint will not be giving his card back, he will go into the bank, leaving the thief to quickly close upon the machine, remove the card-retaining device (which now contains the card), and make his getaway.

    In another, a "helpful" stranger or two take the place of the fake sign, quickly volunteering the information that the evil machine held their cards captive until they hit upon entering their PINs over and over. It's a rare pigeon indeed who won't immediately act upon this freely-offered advice and take a shot at trying to get the ATM to release his own card by punching in his PIN again and again. But of course the "helpful" stranger(s) are now busy memorizing this code and will quickly scoop up the blocking device and the trapped card as soon as the victim goes off to seek help from bank personnel.


    Just in case you want to check out any other "warning" emails you get forwarded to you!

  16. *SiLver*RoBoT*

    *SiLver*RoBoT* TRIBE Member

    The actual story was on the news about a month or so ago...apparently it did happen, but not as frequent as everyone first thought.


  17. Uncle Bobby

    Uncle Bobby TRIBE Promoter

    Hey, watch it Will, I'm part Lebanese! I'll kick your ass on friday! :)

  18. Gizmo

    Gizmo TRIBE Member

    Bring a Shawarma and I'll help you kick him in the ribs when he's down.
  19. Klubmasta Will

    Klubmasta Will TRIBE Member

    really? i'll have to hide my wallet the next time you drop by.

    spoken like a true indian.
  20. Jeremy Jive

    Jeremy Jive TRIBE Member

    Can I make an order for some lemon garlic potatoes and some Tabouli?

    jeremy -what does that come to with tax?- jive
  21. 416

    416 TRIBE Member

    I dunno dude, who would say if it happened or not? The banks will conpensate you for the lost money, and they'll usually jump through hoops to make sure this crap doesn't get talked about in the media.

    That's basically a low tech version of a scam I've heard about where some people put a fake ATM machine in a location. All the thing does is prompt you for your PIN and what you wanna do, then spits your card back out at you and tells you the transaction couldn't be completed, try again later.

    Then the people who planted the machine come get it a week later and voila... the hard drive of the bank machine is full of track 2 info (where all the good stuff is on the back of your card) and corresponding PINs.

    It actually happens quite a bit.
  22. twist

    twist TRIBE Member

    how could I stay mad at people who make such good hash... wait egypt makes some pretty good hash too... ah fuck it lets nuke lebanon... isn't egypt next to lebanon or something? fuck it i'll get my shit from BC.
  23. Rosey

    Rosey TRIBE Member


    ya gotta nuke something.
  24. Gizmo

    Gizmo TRIBE Member

    don't you have a railroad to build?

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