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    • Alan1944
    • By Alan1944 6th Mar 18, 10:59 PM
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    Phantom Cash Machine Withdrawals
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    Phantom Cash Machine Withdrawals 6th Mar 18 at 10:59 PM
    For some years I have experienced occasional phantom cash withdrawals from my current account. I keep a record of my spending, including cash so I am sure these withdrawals have not been due to forgetfulness, as the bank suggests and my cash spending balances with the cash I take out. The phantom withdrawal is always from a machine that I have used recently, for the usual amount I take out (30) and at a similar time of day to my last transaction. I first noticed this when I used the HSBC bank in the centre of Norwich (where I lived at the time) and ceased when I changed to using the cash machines in the nearby Lloyds bank. I have now moved to Sheffield and I experienced the same thing from a cash machine in my local Co-Op store, so I changed to using the machine at a nearby Sainsbury's. And just this week another phantom withdrawal has occurred from a Virgin Money machine at Sheffield railway station. This showed up as Onenote on my statement. I know this is not my failing memory, or a family member using my card or my having mislaid my card and PIN at any time. However, as these are small amounts (30) each time, I have chosen to write them off and not make a fuss. Has anyone else had this experience?
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    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 7th Mar 18, 12:02 AM
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    No because IMO they did not happen as you wrote it.
    What goes around - comes around
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    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 7th Mar 18, 6:14 AM
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    • 7th Mar 18, 6:14 AM
    Either you're lying, forgetting, or have a friend/family member borrowing your card to steal your money.

    It's no more complex than those options.
    • Shakin Steve
    • By Shakin Steve 7th Mar 18, 6:18 AM
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    • 7th Mar 18, 6:18 AM
    Spooky. Have you contacted ghostbusters?
    I came into this world with nothing and I've got most of it left.
    • Gary_Dexter
    • By Gary_Dexter 7th Mar 18, 9:09 AM
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    Small amounts? 30? On each occasion? That adds up to a bigger number.

    I would suggest requesting a new card and PIN as a start
    • BooJewels
    • By BooJewels 7th Mar 18, 10:15 AM
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    • 7th Mar 18, 10:15 AM
    Did you not change your PIN after the first one, that would eliminate the possibility of someone 'borrowing' your card for a short while?

    If I were dishonest and wanted to commit such a crime, keeping the fraudulent act as close to reality as possible would be much less likely to arouse suspicion, where using a cash machine you never went near would ring alarm bells much faster.

    I would suggest giving careful thought to your routine and where your card was supposed to be at the time of these 'ghost' transactions might help solve the mystery. And as Gary suggested, change your PIN immediately and request a new card.
    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 7th Mar 18, 11:30 AM
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    I have chosen to write them off and not make a fuss. Has anyone else had this experience?
    Originally posted by Alan1944
    No. Nobody here would write that off and not make a fuss. In fact I doubt anyone here actually believes your story.

    There's another explanation, but sadly as you're a new poster this will be another thread that, like "Dexter" has no satisfactory ending.
    • camelot1971
    • By camelot1971 7th Mar 18, 7:56 PM
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    11pm newbie poster. I wonder if some people are drunk when they decide to post nonsense on here. What do they get out of it?
    • d123
    • By d123 7th Mar 18, 8:16 PM
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    • 7th Mar 18, 8:16 PM
    For some years I have experienced occasional phantom cash withdrawals from my current account. I keep a record of my spending, including cash so I am sure these withdrawals have not been due to forgetfulness, as the bank suggests and my cash spending balances with the cash I take out. The phantom withdrawal is always from a machine that I have used recently, for the usual amount I take out (30) and at a similar time of day to my last transaction. I first noticed this when I used the HSBC bank in the centre of Norwich (where I lived at the time) and ceased when I changed to using the cash machines in the nearby Lloyds bank. I have now moved to Sheffield and I experienced the same thing from a cash machine in my local Co-Op store, so I changed to using the machine at a nearby Sainsbury's. And just this week another phantom withdrawal has occurred from a Virgin Money machine at Sheffield railway station. This showed up as Onenote on my statement. I know this is not my failing memory, or a family member using my card or my having mislaid my card and PIN at any time. However, as these are small amounts (30) each time, I have chosen to write them off and not make a fuss. Has anyone else had this experience?
    Originally posted by Alan1944
    1. You're making the withdrawals with your card.
    2. Someone you know is making the withdrawals with your card.
    3. This is a made up story.
    4. Jeremy Beadle is about.

    It sounds like one of the above.
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    • sausage_time
    • By sausage_time 8th Mar 18, 7:38 AM
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    If these are attributable to Jeremy Beadle, then they most certainly are phantom withdrawals!
    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 8th Mar 18, 9:03 PM
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    If these are attributable to Jeremy Beadle, then they most certainly are phantom withdrawals!
    Originally posted by sausage_time
    Amazing how someone who is so edgy and impressive on the radio turns out to be a total douche once they get on TV.

    Beadle mostly, Evans not far behind.

    This is about as on topic as the original post.
    • Westie983
    • By Westie983 8th Mar 18, 11:59 PM
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    If these are attributable to Jeremy Beadle, then they most certainly are phantom withdrawals!
    Originally posted by sausage_time
    or ghostly ones...

    OP change your pin number so whomever is making the withdrawals is not able to do so any longer. If you log all withdrawals then it cant be you, unless you have a habit of forgetting the 2nd or 3rd withdrawal of the day.

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    • Wheres My Cashback
    • By Wheres My Cashback 9th Mar 18, 12:38 AM
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    For some years I have experienced occasional phantom cash withdrawals from my current account. I keep a record of my spending, including cash so I am sure these withdrawals have not been due to forgetfulness, as the bank suggests and my cash spending balances with the cash I take out. The phantom withdrawal is always from a machine that I have used recently, for the usual amount I take out (30) and at a similar time of day to my last transaction. I first noticed this when I used the HSBC bank in the centre of Norwich (where I lived at the time) and ceased when I changed to using the cash machines in the nearby Lloyds bank. I have now moved to Sheffield and I experienced the same thing from a cash machine in my local Co-Op store, so I changed to using the machine at a nearby Sainsbury's. And just this week another phantom withdrawal has occurred from a Virgin Money machine at Sheffield railway station. This showed up as Onenote on my statement. I know this is not my failing memory, or a family member using my card or my having mislaid my card and PIN at any time. However, as these are small amounts (30) each time, I have chosen to write them off and not make a fuss. Has anyone else had this experience?
    Originally posted by Alan1944
    Is your name Jack A Nory ?
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