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Exercise caution when using ATMs - police warn of Romanian scammers targeting Jamaica

Published:Monday | April 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The police are again appealing to the public to take precautionary measures when using ATMs in light of Jamaica becoming an apparent target by Romanian scammers.

Head of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Clifford Chambers says two Romanians believed to be connected to an international ATM fraud ring were denied entry to the island last Wednesday.

This follows the recent discovery by the police of a massive fraud operation also involving Romanians who have been targeting local businesses.

ACP Chambers is therefore urging members of the public to make every effort to cover the keypad when entering their pins at ATM machines.

He says this will prevent scammers from using devices to capture images of customers' pin numbers while they enter it in the machines.

The senior detective says scammers need the pin of a debit card in order to extract funds in the event that the owner loses it.