Card cloners caught red-handed in capital

26 Jul 2014 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) – Two men were arrested by the City Police on Friday afternoon after they were caught red-handed cloning a member of the public’s Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) card in Windhoek's Central Business District.
The two male suspects, who are in their mid-30’s, allegedly tampered with a Bank Windhoek ATM in Independence Avenue by pressing different buttons to confuse the system.
A man then went to the ATM to withdraw money, but encountered problems as the machine was busy rebooting itself.
The suspects then offered to help the man, one taking his card and swiping it in a cloning machine the size of a gate remote control to retrieve information from the card, while the other distracted him.
City Police Chief Abraham Kanime told Nampa it is common for card-cloning incidences to occur around this time of the month as more people use ATMs and speed-point machines.
He said the two men are regular suspects of the City Police, and this is not their first offence.
“We are urging the public to be vigilant of ATM scams and cloning. Do not allow a stranger to help you at an ATM, rather approach your bank. For those who will be making transactions in shops or swiping at restaurants, follow the person operating your card and do not let them out of your sight,” he said.
Kanime noted that theft at ATMs is common, and members of the public should be conscious of this at all times, adding that card cloning can happen in the blink of an eye.
The suspects will be charged with fraud and are expected to appear in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday.