Toys R Us shoppers hit by Eftpos skimmers

Toys R Us shoppers hit by Eftpos skimmers

Police in Sweden are warning shoppers who bought goods in two Toys R Us stores in the last few weeks to cancel their bank cards after skimming equipment used to steal data was found on Eftpos terminals.

According to local press reports, police first found skimming technology on a terminal in a store in the city of Malmö. The device was used to save PIN and card numbers onto a memory card, which were then sent to fraudsters over a wireless network.

A second, identical, piece of skimming equipment was then found and confiscated by police at a shop in the Stockholm area.

A police spokesman told reporters the theft was possibly carried out by a criminal network from Romania, with the stolen card data believed to have been sold on the Internet. Several Toys R Us customers have already had their cards charged from Italy, he said.

In a statement, Toys R Us says it has a daily routine for checking card terminals and an internal audit department monitors transactions at checkout. The shop adds that it wants to see Chip and PIN introduced in Sweden to tackle card fraud.

Police issue new fraud warning for Toys R US - The Local


Comments: (1)

Paul Penrose
Paul Penrose - Finextra - London 16 December, 2008, 15:17Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Chip and Pin provides an inadequate defence against instore Eftpos terminal tampering - at least if the UK experience is anything to go by.