London ATM crooks jailed

London ATM crooks jailed

A pair of criminals have received three year jail terms for fitting London ATMs with card trapping devices and mobile phones for filming people entering their PIN numbers.

Gabriel Trifan and Cristenel Lazar, both from Romania, were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud at the Old Bailey having been arrested by the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU).

They were caught after tampering with cash machines in the Knightsbridge and Gloucester Road area, having fitted card-trapping devices to the ATMs, as well as positioning mobile phones above their keypads in order to film customers entering their PIN.

No customers suffered losses as a result of the scam, say police.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Barnard, head DCPCU, says: "Trifan and Lazar had only been in the country for less than a week but, in that time, officers from the DCPCU were able to pinpoint their activity and arrest them. Concluding an operation so quickly and successfully, coupled with the length of sentence handed down today, sends a very strong message to those individuals prepared to carry out this type of crime."

Comments: (3)

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 29 October, 2010, 11:42Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Brilliant work.  Police resourcing well spent.  Impressive.

Now who can tell me how the PCI-DSS would have prevented this?

No, thought not.

Payment Monkey

Trevor Jenkins
Trevor Jenkins - Maylands Consulting Ltd - Ilkley 29 October, 2010, 15:01Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Nor does EMV

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 01 November, 2010, 10:42Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

EMV stops this activity, since the chip can not be copied "on the fly". You need to crack it, and with current technology this takes too much time and effort to interest these ATM-skimming crooks. 

A totally different story is that you can film the PIN and then steal the victim's wallet and use the original card and chip to withdraw money.