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August 4, 2014
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Card skimmers plague portmore

Diandra Grandison, Staff Reporter

Information reaching THE STAR is that the municipality of Portmore, St Catherine, is currently being plagued by unscrupulous persons who use card-skimming technology to withdraw cash from the accounts of unsuspecting ATM users.

Card skimming refers to the illegal copying of information from the magnetic strips found on credit and debit cards.

Recently, THE STAR was informed of an incident where a woman used an ATM machine in the Portmore Pines area and was fleeced of thousands of dollars from her account shortly after using the machine to make a withdrawal.

Head of the Organised Crime Investigation Division, Senior Superintendent Clifford Chambers, told THE STAR that the parish of St Catherine, in particular Portmore, is where he has received the most reports about card-skimming activities, followed by Spanish Town and some sections within the Corporate Area.

SSP Chambers recounted an arrest made recently of persons who were found with card-skimming technology in their possession. "We arrested three persons who were in a car across the street from an ATM in Portmore and were monitoring the ATM from an information-grabbing machine that they had placed in," he revealed.

He shared some safety tips for ATM users: "Check the area before inserting your card. if the area is loose, it was not installed by the bank; don't use it!"

He also advised: "It is also wise to cover the area over the keypad when inserting your PIN information, also look around to see if there area any adaptations to the ATM that does not appear apart of the structure."

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