Last week, Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Acting Senior Staff Officer (Press and Public Relations) Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi warned the public against debit card cloning which they say is on the increase with victims losing nearly US$200 000 in the last three months alone.
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Between January and February, about US$147 000 was stolen through debit/credit card fraud while nearly $40 000 has been stolen this month. Said Chief Superintendent Nyathi:
During the 15 days of March 2018, CID Commercial Crime Division has taken over 11 such cases and, the same number for the cumulative period of the first two months of the year. This is indicative of how the figures have soared into double figures during the month of March only. During January and February 2018, about $147 577 was lost through card cloning while $39 666 has been lost since the beginning of March. Some card cloning arrests have been made and some cases have been finalised while others are still pending.
Card holders should keep a sharp eye as their credit/debit card transactions are being processed at the PoS Machines. They should ensure that their cards are not taken out of their sight. Any change in the use of PoS machine must be done in the presence of the card holder and the pin must not be exposed to anyone.
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