Alleged fraudster nabbed at airport

2011-10-02 07:43

Johannesburg - A Bulgarian national was arrested with sophisticated bank card duplication devices at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Saturday, police said.

Crime intelligence, the cyber crimes investigation unit and the Hawks arrested the man, 38, as he arrived at the airport, said Colonel Vishnu Naidoo in a statement.

They had received a tip off that the man was bringing components into the country to make skimming devices.

Skimming devices can duplicate information stored on bank cards, thus facilitating fraudulent use of the cards.

The man was searched, and the skimming device components, two laptops and five cellular phones were found on him.

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele congratulated the units on the successful arrest.

"Clearly criminals, particularly syndicates seem to continue to underestimate the capability of the SAPS and the support we have globally," Cele said.

The man would appear in Kempton Park Magistrate's court on Monday.

- SAPA
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