Cops nab ATM card ‘thieves’
The quick response of bank staff and the police led to the arrest of two suspected ATM card fraudsters last Thursday.
TotT was alerted to the incident by Port Alfred resident Meryl Howes, who said she was the victim of a card swap at the Capitec bank ATM at Heritage Mall.
“As soon as I realised that the card now in my hand was not mine, and my cellphone indicated that cash had been withdrawn from my account, I rushed to Capitec Bank to stop my card,” Howes said.
She said the bank manager was very helpful, phoning the police, and then walking to the ATM in question, where she chanced upon another scam in progress.
Police spokesperson Captain Mali Govender said the second victim was a 56-year-old woman.
Two men, presumed to be the same suspects, had swapped her card for someone else’s.
The manager stopped all transactions and no money was withdrawn.
The two suspects pretending to help were still present, at which point “alarm bells went off”, Govender said.
The bank manager attempted to take a photo of the perpetrators, whereupon they jumped into their getaway car and sped off, but she took a photo of their registration number, enabling the police to give chase.
“Everyone was trying to arrest them,” Govender said.
The police eventually caught them when their car went over an embankment in Makhanda (Grahamstown).
Govender said the same suspects were wanted in Grahamstown. Police are investigating a case of fraud.