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Three alleged Port Elizabeth ATM card scammers in court for fraud

APRIL 7, 2017
Three alleged Port Elizabeth ATM card scammers in court for fraud

Three alleged ATM card scammers, aged between 20 and 30 years, are expected in court in Port Elizabeth on Friday after they were busted by the PE Flying Squad on charges of fraud following an incident in Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

"It is alleged that on Wednesday, at approximately 14:15, the complainant a 39-year-old woman was at an ATM in Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth, to withdraw money when she was distracted by three unknown suspects," said police spokesperson, Capt Sandra Janse van Rensburg.

"In this time, the scammers managed to steal her card and money was withdrawn from her account at three different ATM’s in the Walmer area.

"Members of the Flying Squad received information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects and followed up on the information which led them to the arrest of three suspects in the vicinity of Kwazakele.

"The members confiscated the VW Polo the suspects were driving and their cell phones were seized."

The swift arrests of these suspects is commended by the Mount Road Cluster Commander Maj Gen Funeka Siganga.

"Card skimming at ATM’s is a big concern and the arrest is a breakthrough," said Capt Janse van Rensburg.

"The investigator will also follow up and investigate if they could be linked to other cases in the Port Elizabeth area."