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Caution at Paris ATMs

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I am an American and I live in Paris 6.5 months each year. Recently the gypsies have been doing an atm thing that tourists especially unaccompanied ladies should be aware of. At many bank you can go inside the foyer to use the atm instead of using one on the street. 2 or 3 gypsies youths will watch for a lady to enter the foyer to make a withdrawal. They will go in behind her and wait until she has inserted her card and entered her pin. Then one will grab her while the other enters an amount to withdraw and takes the money.

A friend of mine had this happen this past Monday at an atm near the Opera. She informed the bank and the police but did not find a lot of sympathy from either. I told her to speak to the bank manager tomorrow as today is a holiday and demand that they view the security camera footage and give it to the police and they should reimburse her for her loss as they should install locks on the foyer door for customer safety.

Be careful.

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