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Motorists lost R400k after petrol attendant allegedly used card skimming device

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A 32-year-old petrol attendant in Mpumalanga was arrested for allegedly fleecing motorists using a card skimming device.

A 32-year-old petrol attendant in Mpumalanga was arrested for allegedly fleecing motorists using a card skimming device. File picture: Independent Media

A 32-YEAR-old Swati national, working as a petrol attendant in Mpumalanga, is scheduled to appear before the Middelburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday after he was arrested for contravention of the Cybercrime Act.

The man was arrested by the Hawks’ Middelburg-based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit at the Ultra City N4 filling station in Middelburg on Monday.

Mpumalanga spokesperson for the Hawks, Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said it is alleged that during an internal audit, Absa and FNB bank card investigators had suspicion that there was a card skimming device among the petrol attendants at the filling station.

“Information was escalated to the Hawks for further investigation and it was operationalised. The team comprising of the Hawks and bank investigators conducted a search and seizure operation,” said Sekgotodi.

“During the search, the suspect who was on duty, was found in possession of the skimming device. He was arrested and detained pending his first court appearance.”

The case was transferred to the Hawks’ Middelburg-based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit for further investigation.

“The value is still being determined. It is currently estimated at R400,000 potential loss. Investigation is continuing,” said Sekgotodi.

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