Beware: robberies at ATMs are on the rise

2018-11-15 06:02

WITH the festive season around the corner, SAPS Verulam has started an awareness campaign to warn residents about robberies at ATMs.

In a recent incident, a victim was robbed of R3 000 cash from an ATM in Verulam. Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Henry Kisten said: “A case of robbery is being investigated. The victim left the ATM after she withdrew cash. Two suspects followed her. The suspects told the victim that they were police officers looking for her to testify in one of the cases that they were investigating. The suspects asked her to get into their car.

“When she was inside the car, the suspects demanded cash. They forced her to give them a bank card and PIN code. Out of fear, she gave them cash, a bank card and PIN code. Thereafter, the suspects told the victim to get out of the car.”

According to SAPS Verulam, the woman later received a message on her phone that a further R5 000 was withdrawn from her account. The police confirmed that there has been an increase of ATM robberies in the area.

Kisten added: “The victim in this case is an elderly women. We are warning the public that they should refrain from withdrawing large amounts of cash and then walking around. The residents should be vigilant of people around them.

“They must keep their PIN codes secret at all times. The elderly are seen as soft targets by criminals. Family members of elderly people should assist them when withdrawing cash and making any kind of payment at ATMs. The festive season is approaching and criminals will observe people who are soft targets, especially the elderly, to rob them. They con them either by posing as police officials, employees from the eThekwini Municipality or Telkom, to commit crimes.”

At the time of going to press, no arrests were made, however, SAPS Verulam said the detectives are working around the clock to make an arrest.

The incident is still under investigation.

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