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JAMAICA | Police searching for Romanian nationals in ATM scam

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 12, CMC – Jamaica police are searching for four Romanian nationals whom they said are involved in a major automated teller machine (ATM) scam on the island.

The Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Unit (C-TOC) said arrest warrants have been issued for the four men, who are reported to also been operating in other Caribbean countries including Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda.

ATM“We know that when they obtain the information from the card, this information is sent back to a jurisdiction outside of the country, where they would produce these cards and send them back to the country.

“We know the courier service that they are using. We know that the funds are being smuggled out of the country…and so we just want to inform, advise and alert the general public of what is happening out there,” said the head of C-TOC, Assistant Commissioner Clifford Chambers.

The police said they have photos of the four Romanians, one of whom had been charged on Monday.

Chambers is warning cardholders to be on the alert when conducting transactions at ATMs.

“If a person is using a smartphone that has bluetooth capability, we will encourage them to activate the bluetooth once they are entering any ABM machine and if it is picking up any signal from the machine, it means that the machine is compromised,” he said

Last modified onWednesday, 12 April 2017 19:31
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