ATM fraud on the rise

2016-09-14 06:00

THE Bloemfontein Police have warned the public to be on high alert against ATM syndicates defrauding people.

This comes in the wake of an increase in ATM crime in the city, with nine cases recently reported at the Parkroad Police Cluster thus far, with no arrests made yet.

Capt. Chaka Marope, Police spokesperson, said the victims received SMSs from their banks notifying them that money had been withdrawn from their accounts and suspects that the illegal transactions had been done af-ter the victims’ bank cards had been cloned.

He has advised members of the public to use ATMs located near shopping centres rather than those located at the corners of buildings.

  • “Be wary of people trying to help you and also be aware of anyone sitting in a parked car near an ATM,” said Marope. Pay close attention to your surroundings. ) Do your automated banking in a public, well-lighted location that is free of shrubbery and decorative partitions.) If the ATM swallows or traps your card, do not re-enter your pin code. Immediately call the bank card stop numbers (appearing visibly at ATMs) to cancel the card before leaving.

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