FIA recovers ATM skimming machine

The robbers used the device to retrieve details of customers as soon as they put their debit cards


Our Correspondent September 30, 2020
PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD:

A skimming device has been recovered from the automated teller machine (ATM) of a private bank in the federal capital. Sources in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said that they had received several complaints about money being transferred from their bank accounts through internet banking even though they had not conducted a transaction.

Subsequently, officers from FIA’s Banking Circle launched an inquiry and traced some of the transactions to an ATM in Sector G-13 of the capital. While inspecting the machine, officers found a small skimming device installed. The custom-made device had been secretly installed in the machine and had a camera, a memory card, and other equipment used to skimming details of customers.

The robbers used the device to retrieve details of customers as soon as they put their debit cards and other critical information in the machine. The device was seized and sent to a forensic laboratory for further investigation.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2020.

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