Alleged fraudster nabbed at airport

2011-10-02 07:43

Johannesburg - A Bulgarian national was arrested with sophisticated bank card duplication devices at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Saturday, police said.

Crime intelligence, the cyber crimes investigation unit and the Hawks arrested the man, 38, as he arrived at the airport, said Colonel Vishnu Naidoo in a statement.

They had received a tip off that the man was bringing components into the country to make skimming devices.

Skimming devices can duplicate information stored on bank cards, thus facilitating fraudulent use of the cards.

The man was searched, and the skimming device components, two laptops and five cellular phones were found on him.

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele congratulated the units on the successful arrest.

"Clearly criminals, particularly syndicates seem to continue to underestimate the capability of the SAPS and the support we have globally," Cele said.

The man would appear in Kempton Park Magistrate's court on Monday.

  • Ho - 2011-10-02 08:28

    Obviously he wouldn't geev thee keekbeck...otherwise he would have been allowed to walk free..

      HogHo - 2011-10-02 11:08

      He'll probably make Chief of Metro Cops !!

      Dave50 - 2011-10-02 11:57

      Jail, though shalt not lead others into temptation , unles you are government of Winnie level ANC.

  • cyclops - 2011-10-02 08:37

    Is it not amazing how Cele, with his back against the wall, is so prominent when something goes right in the SAPS... don't worry about us, God will judge you correctly... thankfully

  • Ryan - 2011-10-02 08:47

    why congratulate the SAPS when it was a tip off ?? congratulate the snitch

      Really1 - 2011-10-02 08:58

      The snitch was a cop. The bribe money was not enough.

  • Figuerro - 2011-10-02 09:59

    It's a case of damn if you do, damn if you dont with the cheeseboys. If the criminal went through, they would have commented how pathetic the SAPS at aiports but the guy gets nabbed but the cheese are still complaining. This is beginning to sound like P Div's job, if he wins they praise the players and the coaching staff but when he loses, they knock firmly on his door, jeez this is SA

  • ttshabalala - 2011-10-02 10:01

    People, get a life! It could have been you who would fall victim to this scam, then you'd have a different tone. Is there nothing that the police in this country can do right? When they fail us you complain, when they do their job, in this case, acting on a tip off, you still complain. Shame on u guys. I'm glad though that we have a lot of white people in this country who are not like you. Race has ceased to play a major role in people's judgements but education, social standing, class etc are the greatest determinants. Poor, miserable white people who are lazy and failed to grab what was at their disposal for free, are the ones who are crying fowl today. Shame on you, lazy ones. You will complain until u go to your graves. Nothing is ever good enough according to you.

      jen - 2011-10-02 11:25

      Am also sick of the pessimistic moaners who do nothing but complain about everything! Good job SAP. Cele is right to be proud.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-02 12:12

      Give the said Cops a MEDAL!!! I was SCAMMED like that at the old Durban Airport at the ONE TIME counter... Missed my flight to London vi Jhb, and ended up having to buy a ticket to Jhb at ONE TIME, where the B*TCHES CLONED my card... I was in Frankfurt, checking my Statement and saw R1000's was charged to my Cr Card for SAA Flights, Copmuticket, SAFA, Furniture at Boardmans etc, to the tune of R166 000-00... After bringing it to the attention of my bank, Standard Wank, all the money was returned... When they did bust the little CLONING RING, thre ONE TIME Employee's and two NIGERIANS were involved...

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-02 16:52

      BTW... this has NOTHING to do with Cele(bi).... he was sipping Johhny Blue, when the said arrests were taking place.... He RIDES on other's SUCCESS.... as he is NOT A POLICEMAN in the FIRST INSTANCE!!!!!

  • Janine - 2011-10-02 10:27

    I had to laugh when I heard this reported on Cape Talk last night - the newsreader referred to this person as a "Bullterrian" person? Now, I know that some people think that bull terriers are dangerous dogs, but seriously?

  • ElKapino - 2011-10-02 12:12

    question the person who gave the tip off too..... R those devices destroyed or are in the hands of a person who gave a tip off ...

      disappointed - 2011-10-02 15:33

      they operate on the same principal as the drug dealers,inform on one mule and slip 10 others through the door unnoticed,there must be quiet a few scanners doing the rounds by now so be carefull people

  • Collitjies - 2011-10-02 16:04

    That is if he hasn't escaped by Monday.

  • Dan154 - 2011-10-02 19:14

    Please Guys... stop being so Bitter... How hard is it to say "GOOD JOB"???HUH!!? Ag Man... People of colour... Stop it!!!!

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