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Public awareness vital

Kalesi Mele
Saturday, November 25, 2017

THE Association of Banks in Fiji says the public should be aware that thieves are installing high-tech tools called "skimmers" on local ATM to capture account information and steal money.

Association chairperson Frederic Reynaud said they were aware of the skimming device removed last week from an ATM in Lautoka.

He added there was frequent conversation on the matter among bankers themselves and how they could thwart falling victim to scammers.

"We all have internal procedures on the subject plus regular internal and external training (from vendors)," he said.

"We do also regular specific workshops within the ABIF. We also install regularly anti-skimming devices."

With customers continuously moving to digital banking Mr Reynaud said scammers would continuously attempt to obtain customers financial information to get money out of their accounts.

"It has happened in the past, and unfortunately, new attempts will continue in the future (as it is happening around the world) but all the banks are working constantly on the subject to protect the customers.

"We are also working closely with the police. On the recent case, some people have already been arrested."

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident but could not comment further because investigations were continuing.

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