Gadgets help or hinder crooks

2012-08-16 00:00

CRIMES characteristic of the digital era have hit the South Coast recently.

In one incident, computer technology has helped the cops. In another it has helped the crooks.

Recently, police followed signals released from an iPod stolen during a housebreaking in Southbroom to a house at Nkampini, spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka said yesterday.

After a search, Margate police and the Port Shepstone dog unit found the device, which plays music, undamaged and in working condition. They arrested a man.

Police are looking for two people who may help with investigations of suspects who have accessed bank accounts to withdraw large amounts of money fraudulently.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that after distracting innocent people drawing money at ATMs, wily conmen had used a device to scan victims’ bank cards while pretending to seek assistance from them.

“The cards are thereafter cloned and used to withdraw cash from the unsuspecting victims’ bank accounts,” he said.

“Police are yet again warning the public not to accept help from strangers or even allow themselves to be distracted while making transactions at the ATM.”

Anyone who recognises the two men in photographs, or knows their whereabouts, is asked to contact Brigadier Morris Moodley at 082 826 8985, Colonel Iks Naicker at 039 688 1098 or Major Marina Blignaut at 039 312 9567 or 082 330 2625.

The same ATM scam has also been happening in Ladysmith.

Captain Asheena Ramlagan can be contacted at 036 638 3348 or  036 638-3308/9/10.


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