Hawks bust card-cloning syndicate

By Drum Digital
10 January 2014

Five men have been arrested in an operation conducted by the banking industry and the Hawks in the past two days, it was announced on Friday.

The men, aged between 32 and 47, were believed to have operated in Daveyton and the surrounding areas.

"Yesterday afternoon [Thursday], the first four suspects were smoked out of their hideout, a house in Secunda street, which belongs to one of the suspects," said Hawks' spokesman Paul Ramaloko.

Another man was arrested in Mauna street on Friday morning.

"When the arresting team arrived at Secunda street, they found a laptop containing financial data on the table in a lounge. The data had been retrieved from potential victims' cards, to be encoded into the cloned cards," Ramaloko said.

A card writer, card reader, skimming devices and 13 cloned cards were seized at the Mauna street property.

"People are warned to be careful not to ask for assistance from strangers when using their cards, since this exposes them to defrauders," said Ramaloko.

It was not known how many people fell victim to the syndicate.

The five men would appear in the Pretoria Specialised Crime Court on Monday on charges of fraud and contravening the Electronic Communication and Transaction Act.


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