Tesco, self-service checkouts and security

I bought some shopping in Tesco yesterday and used one of their new-fangled checkouts. It’s very clever: you scan the stuff yourself, swipe your bank card and, er, that’s it. However, when I swiped the card it didn’t ask for a PIN – which means that you could use anyone’s card.

Tesco is apparently going to make its self-service checkouts Chip and PIN to address the problem, and it says that a signature is required for transactions beyond a certain level (although I can’t find any figures to say what that “certain level” actually is). But for now, the firm’s offering a fantastic opportunity for card crooks.

6 replies on “Tesco, self-service checkouts and security”

I thought they didn’t do crime where you live. ;-)

Shame I didn’t realise that when I went to the shops for you. Could’ve nabbed yer cards and bought all the mince in the shop. Not sure why though.

Come to think of it – the last time I used a card petrol pump it didn’t ask for a PIN. Mind you they do have you and your car on CCTV. You’d have to steal a car, fill it with petrol with the owners stolen credit card and also duct tape the owners face over yours. the perfect crime?

I’ve always had to sign the signature pad at Sainsbury’s but that may be because I always get cashback. If you can’t get cash and can only buy a few quid’s worth of groceries, maybe it’s not that attractive to card thieves…

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