Victims scammed by fake credit card machine
Johannesburg - Several victims of a 'new' credit and debit card skimming technique have come forward with stories of how their cards were cloned.
Today, MyBroadband.co.za, published an article about devices that look like normal Point of Sale machines but which are actually not. MyBroadband reported that the fake devices have card recording software which clones the information on a credit or debit card and records the pin punched into it. After this is done, the waiter or cashier carrying out the scam makes the excuse that payment is not going through or that the device is not working. Another, real, point of sale machine is presented and payment goes through. But, it is too late because your card information and pin have already been recorded.
The article quoted Western Cape commercial crimes unit head Mr. Jerome Hardenberg. He said syndicates had recruited waiters and cashiers in restaurants and shops to carry out the scam.
He also said that syndicates were offering large sums of money to the staff who conducted the scam and this was why the crime was spreading.
Mr. Hardenberg said several steps could be taken if a customer felt they were being had. He said if a person was fed a story about the device being broken or faulty that they should personally check the devices serial number. He said a manager could also be called to confirm that the Point of Sale machine belonged to the store. Any printouts (like a bill) from the "faulty" device should have detailed information on it, including the merchant's details.