11 Aug 2013 05:50
WINDHOEK, 11 AUG (NAMPA) - Two men were arrested in Khomasdal on Friday evening for alleged card cloning.
The arrests follow information about a suspected illegal bank transaction at an automatic teller machine (ATM) of one of the local banks in the Khomasdal area.
This Nampa reporter was with City Police and Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers when they stopped the vehicle in which the suspects were traveling.
The driver did not want to cooperate with the police.
Upon searching the vehicle, a card-cloning device, an unspecified amount of cash, and equipment used to break into houses and cars were found in the vehicle.
The suspects, believed to be Namibians, were cuffed and taken away by the police.
It is expected that they will appear in a court of law this coming week. Police investigations continue.
Senior Superintendent Gerry Shikesho told Nampa on Friday during the operation that such cloning devices can easily be bought off the Internet.
He said the device is small, and often customers paying with a debit or credit card are not aware of the device.
Because some customers do not keep an eye on their cards after handing it over for payment, it can be cloned easily, he said.
Shikesho advised customers paying by cards to always make sure they do not allow their cards to be swiped without them supervising the transaction.
To clone a card, he said, takes literally a few sections - the criminals swipe the card through the device to transfer all the data from the owners card onto the machine.
The data is downloaded onto a computer and a skimming device from which a new card is cloned.
This reporter accessed the Internet to find out just how easy it is to obtain such a machine, and indeed it was easy.
The company which offers the cloning device, however, warns potential customers that it is illegal to have such a device due to increased card fraud, saying if caught one can face serious penalties.