- A pensioner recently became the latest victim of a card scamming syndicate
- She was defrauded of R36 000
- Three suspects have been arrested
A 71-year-old gogo has become the latest victim of a scamming syndicate operating in the Eastern Cape. The pensioner, who is the widow of a prominent local lawyer, was robbed of R36 000.
The incident happened after an interaction at a Nahoon Beach Road Spar ATM and was captured on CCTV security cameras. In the footage, a man is seen pretending to assist her before muscling himself in while she was typing her details. She thought the ATM swallowed the card andthe man, who pretended to be a Good Samaritan was nowhere to be found.
Although her card was swallowed by the machine, her bank account later reflected that a large sum of money was gone.
Describing her ordeal, the pensioner said: “I was bullied by that man at the ATM; he kept harassing me."
The video footage of the incident has gone viral on social media, however, the woman requested not to be named, fearing syndicate members could track her down.
The police were quick to respond and managed to arrest three suspects later on the same day. The individuals, aged between 33 and 35, were arrested in a parking lot of a local shopping complex.
Cambridge police station commander Brigadier Pumla Mdlankomo said Tuesday’s arrests had “broken the backbone of the syndicate”.
It is believed that the syndicate used sophisticated machinery to capture card information, including pin numbers being punched into ATMs, and relay it via routers to laptops being operated by crooks sitting in rented cars nearby.
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