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Two Northern Ireland men charged after card skimming cameras placed on ATMs

Published 27/05/2016

One of the card skimming devices that was placed on an ATM

Two men have been charged on suspicion of fraud offences after a number of incidents of ‘card skimming’ across Northern Ireland.

The pair were detained in Omagh on Thursday and are being questioned in connection with the placing of skimming devices on ATM machines across Fermanagh, Tyrone, Armagh, Derry and Down.

Detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch in Newry have charged the men with a total of 21 charges linked to a number of incidents of ‘card skimming’ across Northern Ireland.

A 46-year-old man has been charged with theft, five counts of possession of articles for use in frauds and two counts of making or supplying articles for use in frauds.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with theft, seven counts of possession of articles for use in frauds and five counts of making or supplying articles for use in frauds.

They are expected to appear before Newry Magistrates Court on Saturday. As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

Detective Inspector Colin Patterson said: “The devices (like the one pictured) largely consisted of a card reader and miniature camera.

"These instruments are tiny and can be easily missed by unsuspecting members of the public.

"I would encourage anyone using ATMs to take a good look at the machine prior to entering your card just to satisfy yourself that there are no issues.

"Anyone who suspects they may have had their details ‘skimmed’ can contact police on 101.”

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