Sharp till operator spots card cloner

2011-12-06 00:00

A 35-YEAR-OLD man appeared in Hibberdene Magistrate’s Court yesterday after purchasing groceries from a supermarket in the area, allegedly with a fraudulent credit card.

The man and his woman accomplice entered the store last Thursday and appeared to be shopping as regular customers.

However, when the man approached the till to pay the cashier informed him that the credit card pay terminal was not working.

The man told the cashier he would draw cash and would be back.

The cashier noticed the woman who had accompanied him was still shopping.

Her phone rang a short while later and she left her trolley filled with groceries and exited the store.

Suspicious of the pair’s activities, the cashier informed the head of security, Johan Stander, about what had happened.

Stander said he also thought the incident was strange, but thought nothing of it at the time.

However, both customers came back to the store the next day.

“We kept a close eye on them,” said Stander.

After shopping the man approached the till and paid about R3 000 for purchases.

The card swiped perfectly and the PIN number was a match.

The woman was at another till point and paid about R1 000.

Out of curiosity Stander decided to question the man as to why he had left his groceries and left the store the day before.

“Without even answering, the man and the woman ran out of the store and drove off at a speed.

“At that point, I knew they were up to something.”

Stander said he noticed two Protection Services officers outside and alerted them to what had just happened.

The officers gave chase and both suspects were apprehended.

The man was arrested and taken to Hibberdene police station for questioning.

No fraudulent credit cards were found in the woman’s possession when they were arrested. She was not charged.

The man, however, had nine stolen credit cards in his possession.

Stander said an official from First National Bank tested the cards and confirmed that they were in fact fraudulent.

“The cards belonged to Absa Bank, but contained details of a Nedbank card holder,” he said.

Stander thanked Protection Services officers and Gladiator Security for their assistance.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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