Businesses Beware

The following is not cyber crime related but it is an example of how criminals continue to find ways to exploit technology for their benefit.
If you work in an environment which uses a bank card reader it will be relevant, please share and be alert to anyone trying to distract you at the point of sale.

Persons aged between 18 and 30 yrs old are travelling around Cambridgeshire and the region entering shops, hotels etc. and purchasing low value items. They will pay by credit card and on inserting the credit card others will distract staff whilst the person inserting the card into the reader will scroll down to the refund section of the card reader and place several thousand pounds onto the card as a refund.

The cards are either applied for by the offenders or they will use the bank card of a third party, possibly for a cash incentive or maybe fear and intimidation.

Mr Nigel Sutton

Fraud and Cyber Security Advisor | Specialist Crime Team
Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Hinchingbrooke Park,
Huntingdon, PE29 6NP

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