Card cloners to appear in court

The criminals were arrested after using personal details to steal money from bank customers.

The criminals were arrested after using personal details to steal money from bank customers. Picture: sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - Five men who are allegedly part of a card cloning gang will appear in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday.

They were arrested last week during an operation involving the Hawks and banking officials for using personal details to steal money from unsuspecting bank customers.

It's still unclear how many people have fallen victim to the syndicate.

Last week, four men were found at a house in Daveyton with card writers, card readers, scheming devices and 13 cloned cards.

They led the Hawks to another man who was also arrested.

The Hawks' Paul Ramaloko said, "They were caught cloning the cards and we believe we've managed to crack this syndicate. We're not ruling out possibilities of more arrests."

Card cloners use financial data from a victim's bank card and then encode it onto another fake card so that they can withdraw money from people's accounts.

Police have warned that the criminals usually attempt to assist people when they are drawing money from ATMs.