Don’t fall for this scam at South African ATMs

The South African Police Service has warned individuals to be extra cautious when withdrawing money from ATMs in Johannesburg. “We would like to warn the community not to become victims. Suspects target people after withdrawing money from the bank or at an ATM,” Captain Xoli Mbele said on Wednesday. Mbele said Johannesburg central police officers were investigating several cases where victims were robbed after withdrawing large amounts of money.

Huge South African credit card leak – what happened

Sabric said the R300 million stolen from ATMs in Japan with counterfeit South African credit cards was an incident of transnational organised crime that was well planned and executed. The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) said it is aware of the massive card fraud that recently took place in Japan. This followed a statement by Standard Bank, saying it was the victim of a sophisticated, coordinated fraud incident.

‘Well-dressed’ ATM crooks target CPT tourists

Smartly dressed, well-spoken fraudsters lurking around Cape Town ATMs are scamming international tourists out of thousands of rands in a complex syndicate. This is according to a warning from the Cape Town Central Improvement District (CCID) about a spike of ATM theft from this syndicate in 2016. The syndicate operates in a group of between four to six fraudsters and their modus operandi includes dropping high-value cash notes on the floor to distract tourists. The fraudsters then also speed off in rental cars after committing the theft, according to theRead More

Top three fraud scams to take note of

Fraudsters are capitalising on consumers with a more relaxed attitude, warns Kevin Hogan, fraud risk manager at Investec Private Banking. To prevent becoming a victim of fraud, be aware of these three scams, he suggests: ATM fraud

How criminals are skimming your bank cards

Watch out for these tricks and card skimming devices at ATMs, in stores, and other areas where you use bank cards A recent MyBroadband article warned users to be on the lookout for ATM card skimming devices (see Beware of these card skimming devices at ATMs), but this is only one way in which criminals are gathering card information.

Be careful at ATMs this festive season

The festive season is in full swing and with many people receiving their bonuses, fraudsters are on the prowl. The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) has encouraged banking customers to be vigilant and safe when using ATMs.

Midrand ATM bombed

An FNB ATM at the Sasol Petrol Station on Old Pretoria and Le Roux roads was blown up in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Midrand police communications officer Constable Matome Tlamela said a police vehicle was on patrol when the officers received a complaint of a possible bomb threat at the ATM and proceeded to the garage and called for back-up. When the police officers arrived on the scene, they saw that the ATM was blown-up and badly damaged.

Men blow up Noordwyk ATM

Three suspects bombed a petrol station ATM in Noordwyk. According to Captain Kym Cloete, the men surprised the station employees by pointing at them with rifles. The employees were then made to lie on the floor of the kiosk from where they heard a loud noise outside. The suspects bombed one ATM leaving the other intact and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were and no shots were fired. Story

Man followed from ATM and robbed

A man was robbed of R 13 500 cash at Waterfall Country Club Village. Police spokesperson Constable Matome Tlamela said the man was followed from an ATM in Carlswald and while waiting for the village entrance gate to open, a man pointed a firearm at him.

New face of ATM bombers

In what could change the face of a uniquely South African crime, a gang of white ATM bombers, thought to be responsible for a string of attacks in central KwaZulu-Natal, continue to wreak havoc as fears of their next strike mount. The bombers were caught on CCTV cameras which clearly reveal their white skin colour. The gang, thought to comprise between 10 and 15 men, has masterminded at least four attacks in small towns in recent weeks, and the well-armed group operates with military precision.

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