PE Commercial Crime Unit arrested three suspects in possession of card skimming devices


Port Elizabeth Commercial Crime Unit clamped down on three suspects late last night, Tuesday 04 November 2014, who were in possession of various electronic devices used for card skimming at ATM’s.

The Commercial Crime Unit responded to information received regarding three suspects that were travelling from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.  The suspects are aged between 34 and 42 and two of the suspects are of Serbians Nationality and the other suspect is from the UK.  Through intensive investigation by the officers attached to the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crime Unit, a vehicle that were used by the suspects were identified which subsequently led the members to a local hotel in Port Elizabeth.

The three suspects were arrested in the hotel room they were occupying and various electronic devices were found inside the room, such as ATM card slots, various card skimming devices, keypad devices and cameras.

The suspects will appear in court on Friday, 11 November 2014 in the New Law Courts, Port Elizabeth, on charges of fraud.

The Commercial Crime Unit would like to use this opportunity to warn the community against card skimming and further appeal to community members to be alert when using their bank and credit cards at ATM’s. Citizens should also practise safety and be vigilant when using their bank card to pay for any transaction.  Bank cards should not leave your sight at any stage.

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