Well, people know their tricks pretty well!
Yesterday, Romanian Leonid Rotaru faced jail, after he used a cash machine skimming device to obtain 9,000 PINs.
32-year-old Rotaru, was caught by the officials when he returned to collect the card reader from the cash point.
Screen Shot : CCTV footage
Details of 9,000 bank cards were found on his computer when police officials raided his home. The data could have easily allowed him to steal approximately £3.25million.
Rotaru used an extremely professional card reader that fitted over the insertion slot of the ATM Machine, so when users pass their cards through the machine, it would record all the detail, as a tiny pinhole camera would film the victims entering their PIN.
Barry Douglas, of Avon and Somerset police Economic Crime Unit, said that Rotaru was part of a proper criminal project.
‘You can tell from the quality of the equipment that was attached to the ATM, you can tell from the amount of detail that was found on the computer,’ he said.
‘This was well organized, well orchestrated and with good criminal connections.’
Mr Douglas further said, ‘It fits over the card slot on an ATM and as the card goes in it will read your details off the card. The camera will see you put your pin in. It will see your finger strokes and it will know which card it goes with.’
Rotaru is now pleaded guilty on four counts which include con and the ownership of various skimming devices in a hearing at Taunton Crown Court.
Judge David Ticehurst remanded him in custody and said all options would be open for sentencing.