Rapped for cloned card use

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A MAN who tried to buy a lap­top with a cloned bank card was given a fiveyear sus­pended jail sen­tence by the Bel­lville Spe­cialised Com­mer­cial Crime Court in Cape Town yes­ter­day.

Sihle Dz­ingwa, 24, ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Sab­rina Son­nen­berg, who de­clared the bank card for­feit to the State, and or­dered that it be de­stroyed in terms of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Act.

Dz­ingwa pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, forgery and a vi­o­la­tion of the Elec­tronic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Trans­ac­tions Act.

Dur­ing plea bar­gain­ing, prose­cu­tor Zama Matayi said the pub­lic was out­raged over ram­pant ATM fraud and the fre­quent use of cloned or stolen bank cards for con­sumer pur­chases.

Ac­cord­ing to the plea bar­gain doc­u­ment, the lap­top trans­ac­tion took place at the Brack­en­fell branch of the CNA.

The doc­u­ment told how CNA cashier Sharone Thysse alerted the po­lice when the bank de­clined the bank card pur­chase.

Dz­ingwa, who holds a cer­tifi­cate in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion, was ar­rested while still on the CNA premises.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, the card had been law­fully is­sued to Knysna res­i­dent Trent Read.

Dz­ingwa told the court he had been in­volved in the il­le­gal ac­cess­ing of bank card in­for­ma­tion, ei­ther through the un­law­ful use of a skim­ming de­vice or by dis­tract­ing peo­ple at ATMs.

He said he had skimmed Read’s card with the in­ten­tion of mak­ing du­pli­cate credit cards or debit cards. – Sapa

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