Tuesday, April 29, 2008

'Card skimming at its worst’- Business Against Crime

By Celeste Ganga
29 April 2008


According to Business Against Crime (BAC) card skimming has been on the increase at an alarming rate since last week. BAC has learnt that the police are closing in on these syndicates and groups involved in skimming.

“It also appears as if there is a marked increase in crimes during card-not-present transactions. It is deemed incumbent on all users of credit cards, and especially businesses that demand credit card details to be provided telephonically to heed the seriousness of their crimes and the risks towards clients,” says BAC’s Annelie Rabie.

BAC aims to highlight this peak in criminal activity to both the restaurant and tourism sectors as well as members of the public.

“BAC in the Western Cape will be entering into discussions with the Commercial Crime Unit of SAPS and Fedhasa with a view to determine what, in addition to awareness programmes amongst players in the hospitality industry, can be done to highlight the seriousness of credit card crimes,” says Rabie.

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