Two held for fraud in Nelspruit

2013-01-06 07:14
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Johannesburg - Two men who allegedly tried to defraud people out of their money were arrested by the Hawks in a shopping complex in Nelspruit, police said on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said the pair posed as bank officials on Wednesday and stood at an ATM in the Matsulu shopping complex. They apparently offered help to those who had come to withdraw money.

"Allegations are that they requested the bank card of one person in the queue. One of [the arrested men] allegedly swiped the person's card on a card skimming device," said Ramaloko.

"People in the queue became suspicious and a mob justice [struggle] ensued."

Police arrived at the scene and rescued the men from the angry crowd. They were arrested and the device was confiscated from them.

The device copies information illegally from the magnetic strips on the back of bank cards. It can either be hand-held or placed into an ATM machine.

The two would appear in the Kabokweni Magistrate's Court on Friday, where they would face charges of the possession of a card skimming device and fraud.

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