Casino ‘poker cards’ used to access ATMs

Royal Cayman Islands Police arrested two men Wednesday in connection with a cash machine skimming scam.

On Tuesday, investigators in the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit received a report that a number of fraudulent withdrawals had been made from cash machines in the George Town area.

The bank involved advised the police that the cards used during the transactions had been seized by the machines.

The cards were not legitimate bank cards – they were “poker cards” used in casinos. The metallic strips on the cards had been loaded with potential victim’s account details taken from foreign bank accounts.

The exact amount of money stolen was not known.

Police enquiries revealed the ‘poker cards’ had also been used to make purchases at local businesses.

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Following a police operation Wednesday, two Romanian men, aged 22 and 25,  were arrested at Owen Roberts International Airport in connection with the scam. 

Anyone who suspects they may have been a victim of the scam is asked to contact the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit on 949-8797.

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  1. There is a lot of bashing of the police force on these discussion boards. Much of it may be justified. However I think they should also be given credit when they do well.
    To catch these crooks one day after being notified of the crime is exceptional. Many people in Cayman (and in whatever country they were heading to next) have been spared the loss of their hard earned money. Lets build some momentum from this victory and solve a few of the high profile cases that are still out here.
    Oh yeah and if they are guilty, lets make sure they get convicted and put away for a while.