BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: UK: Scotland
Front Page 
World 
UK 
England 
Northern Ireland 
Scotland 
Wales 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 

Thursday, 28 June, 2001, 08:38 GMT 09:38 UK
Thieves swipe bank boss's cash card
Sir George Mathewson
The conmen stole Sir George's bank card
The millionaire boss of one of the UK's largest banks has been robbed of his cash card at a hole-in-the-wall machine.

Sir George Mathewson, chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, was the target of a scam as he took money from a cash dispenser in London.

Two conmen stood behind him as he took out cash at the machine before telling him he had dropped a 5 note.

When the banker looked down, the thieves grabbed his cash card as it came out of the machine and ran off.

Sir George, whose pay packet amounted to more than 1.2m last year, immediately cancelled his card and reported the matter to the police.

Public warning

A spokesman for the Royal Bank of Scotland said: "They didn't manage to get any money because Sir George immediately reported his card as being stolen and also reported the matter to the police.

"The men said to Sir George that he had dropped a note on the ground.

"He looked down but he realised it wasn't his because it was an English note and he only had Scottish notes.

"He said to them that it wasn't his but at that point one of them grabbed his card and ran off."

The spokesman warned customers to always be on the alert when taking money out at cash dispensers.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

01 Mar 01 | Business
Royal Bank beats forecasts
27 Jul 00 | Business
Halifax profits up 21%
11 Feb 00 | Business
NatWest takeover battle
21 Feb 00 | Business
Insurers braced for shake-up
10 Feb 00 | Business
NatWest takeover: a chronology
17 Jan 00 | Business
Royal Bank of Scotland: A history
10 Feb 00 | Business
NatWest: A history
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Scotland stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Scotland stories