Acting Bulawayo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Abednico Ncube warned people of robbers that withdraw people’s money after making fake Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards. He also told The Chronicle that they were investigating three such cases in Bulawayo.
Card cloning in the city occurs when individuals leave their ATM cards with bank tellers and till operators who in turn connive with fraudsters to duplicate their cards. This seems to be a new crime that we had not recorded before. We’re investigating three cases of ATM cloning where three individuals have lost their money to unknown people who would have cloned their ATM cards. The victims become aware of the theft upon receiving a text message confirming successful transactions.
He said that they suspected that the robbers were working with bank tellers who would have been left with the cards by people in the hope of being assisted to withdraw money.