Police crackdown on ATM fraudsters

Police crackdown on ATM fraudsters

Relentless efforts to ensure that offenders are brought to book, continue to yield positive results as members from Uitenhage SAPS secured multiple arrests and seizures on 22 June 2017.

Members from the crime prevention unit received valuable information from a community member about suspects who were allegedly involved in bank card swapping at an ATM in the Uitenhage. The three suspects were arrested on the spot and detained on charges of fraud. Detectives are following up all possible leads to see if suspects can be possibly linked to other cases.

Police once again want to warn the community to be vigilant when using an ATM and to protect yourself from criminals and to adhere to the following:

  • -If you think the ATM is faulty, cancel the transaction immediately, report the fault to your Bank and transact at another ATM.
  • -Avoid ATMs that are dimly lit or surrounded by loiterers, and never allow your children to draw money using your card, since they’re the most vulnerable to perpetrators.
  • -Have your card ready in your hand before you approach the ATM to avoid opening your purse, bag or wallet while in the queue.
  • -Be cautious of strangers offering to help as they could be trying to distract you in order to get your card or PIN.
  • -Follow the instructions on the ATM screen carefully. ONLY punch in your PIN once prompted by the ATM.
  • -Report suspicious items or people around ATMs to the Bank. -Choose familiar and well-lit ATMs where you are visible and safe.
  • -Report any concerns regarding the ATM to the Bank. Toll free numbers are displayed on all ATMs.
  • -Be alert to your surroundings. Do not use the ATM if there are loiterers or suspicious people in the vicinity.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service