“Are you being scammed?” asks an ATM. Some branches of Shimane Bank installed a device Friday that issues a caution upon detecting conversation in front of its ATMs.
If conversation continues for a couple of seconds, the voice sensor activates an announcement which asks the user if they are sure it’s a genuine transaction, and may issue on-screen warnings as well. The device is relatively inexpensive and Shimane police are hoping its use will spread.
One problem with the system is that it can respond to unrelated conversation. However, a police officer said “it helps to keep people conscious of fraud, so it’s good in that regard.”
Some banks have also introduced a more costly system which detects the radio waves emitted from cell phones.© Japan Today