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ATM Scam Exposed

Police have uncovered an ATM scam allegedly involving foreigners. Six Chinese nationals are in custody over the alleged scam. Chief of Intelligence and Investigation, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Henry
10 Dec 2015 10:31
ATM Scam Exposed
This ANZ ATM now has an added feature that covers the numeral key pads as part of efforts to foil scams. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Police have uncovered an ATM scam allegedly involving foreigners.

Six Chinese nationals are in custody over the alleged scam.

Chief of Intelligence and Investigation, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Henry Brown, confirmed it yesterday.

He said the Chinese were arrested in Lautoka on December 6 after a tip-off.

The Chinese had allegedly withdrawn more than $10,000 when apprehended and a number of ATM cards were found on them, he said.

He said investigators were now trying to ascertain the origins of the ATM cards and they were liaising with financial institutions.

A team of Police officers, he said, was searching for more suspects.

ACP Brown appealed to members of the public to contact the nearest Police station if they were suspicious of anything that was happening where they lived.

He said that they should be also on the lookout and watch people making withdrawals from the ATM machines.

“If they were suspicious while withdrawing money they should be reported to the nearest Police station,” he said.

A spokesperson for the ANZ Bank said:  “At this moment it is early for us to release any details as we will first have to liaise with the intelligence team; if any ATM was attempted then action will be taken but at the moment no report has been received so far.”

HFC Bank’s CEO Iskeli Tikoduadua assured customers last night its ATM machines were safe.

“However, it is world known that criminals attempt and carry out fraudulent activities at ATM’s,” he said.

Mr Tikoduadua said: “HFC Bank maintains very strict compliance measures in place such as cameras are installed at  our ATM and daily checks to ensure the camera is working and active .

“Daily all HFC Bank ATM’s are checked for any skimming devices so as to avoid any such fraudulent attempt.”

WESTPAC’s head of marketing Nirmala Nambiar could not be reached to comment.

Questions were also sent to Bank South Pacific Limited acting head of marketing, Litia Kurisaqila Taga. She had not responded when this edition went to press.

In September, a skimming device was found on one of the BSP’s ATM’s in Nadi, in an attempt to steal information. The bank was quick to reassure customers that the discovery of the device, used by thieves to obtain personal financial information, was an isolated case.

It is understood that the device was attached to one of the ATMs at Nadi.

It’s understood that the device later fell off and was recovered by hotel staff and handed to the bank’s support staff.

The skimmers are fixed to the mouth of an ATM and secretly swipe credit and debit card information when bank customers slip their cards into the ATM to withdraw. The skimming device has a pin-hole camera which focuses on the PIN pad to capture customer’s PIN numbers.

Edited by: Naisa Koroi

 

 

 



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