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Christchurch Police arrest Canadians for alleged skimming

Timoci Vula
Saturday, March 03, 2018

Update: 5:50PM CHRISTCHURCH: NEW Zealand Police today arrested and charged two Canadian men, aged 28 and 39 years, in relation to skimming devices being attached to automated teller machines (ATMs) in Christchurch.

Police said those devices were capable of recording customers' card details and enabled it to be used fraudulently.

Detective Sergeant Joanne Parks of Christchurch Police said both men had been charged for allegedly accessing a computer for a dishonest purpose.

She said they would appear in court on Monday, and that more charges were likely to follow.

"It is a timely reminder for members of the public to be aware when using ATMs. Anyone noticing anything added to an ATM or anything unusual about an ATM should report it to the bank immediately," Det Sgt Parks said.

"Anyone who thinks that they have had unauthorised use of their cards need to check their accounts and contact their banks to close their accounts as soon as possible. 

"You can protect yourself by keeping an eye on your card at all times and make a note of where and when you use it and remember to cover your PIN while completing a transaction.

"Anyone who believes they are a victim of crime, in person or online, should report the matter to their local Police, contact details can be found at /contact-us/stations."

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