Criminals follow tourists to SA

2010-06-10 12:54

People should take extra care when using ATMs during the World Cup

as criminal syndicates may follow tourists into the country.

Jan Kruger, head of Absa’s card fraud management, said: “Criminal

syndicates follow international tourists to big sporting events around the


These syndicates may be active in South Africa during the World

Cup, as they were in Germany before, during and after the 2006 event.

Police had recovered “a number” of card skimming devices that

revealed continued technological advances by criminal syndicates.

The devices

were being manufactured to be invisible to the untrained eye and fit over ATM

card slots.

Cards were scanned as users inserted them into the ATM. Syndicates

then used mini cameras, installed alongside the skimming equipment, to steal

customers’ PINs at the same time.

Kruger said: “Technology means cards can be cloned instantly using

portable encoding devices and laptops, and typically used at another ATM within

10 minutes.”

Unsuspecting cardholders were usually none the wiser, he said.

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