Scammers change tactics
May 23, 2020
PORT OF SPAIN – The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Friday warned people to be wary of fraudsters who were becoming much more ingenious in their ways to skim them of their hard-earned cash during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Curtis Julien, told a news conference that said scammers have now resorted to using point-of-sale machines in business places rather than automated teller machines (ATM) to get cash from unsuspecting customers.
Julien said the process requires the use of a skimming device that records information from a customer’s card and that data is used later to withdraw cash from the person’s account.
Properly issued machines in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean when tampered with will also process your transaction capturing your pin and your financial data which goes directly to the card reader where they process the information using a laptop, cell phone or any device with a bluetooth mechanism.”
He said the criminals use Google’s image search feature to verify whether their online partner’s profile pictures are real or stock photos and that by the time most people are swindled of their funds they are often too embarrassed to come forward and make a report to police.