I didn’t try to take out cash in Korea! Card cloning victims speak out

Cash point. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Cash point. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A social media post warning people about suspected card cloning in Hemel Hempstead has prompted more victims of the crime to come forward.

Since cash point at The Denes shopping arcade in Barnacres Road was identified as a fraud hotspot on Facebook page Hemel Hempstead Community & Conversation last week, the Gazette has received messages from people who’ve been caught out by the cruel con in the same area.

Steve Atkinson said: “I have had my card cloned three times in nine months at this ATM, the last two were by somebody in Korea. Luckily the bank fraud squad had intercepted it.

“My wife works in the launderette next door and has had numerous people complaining that they had been done as well. I found out today that my son had been done as well, the strange thing about this is there is a CCTV camera above this atm.”

Herts Police say they have no records of any of this type of crime in Barnacres Road going back as far as January 2011, but urge people who suspect they may have been targeted to call them and report the incident straight away, as well as alert their bank.

Another victim, Duncan Crow, said he too had his card information stolen at The Denes ATM and that his details were also used in Korea, while Emma Hodgson said: “I was a victim of this last December, just before Christmas.

“I used the cash point at Hemel rail station and only noticed after Boxing Day. Luckily I had a full refund and I reported the incident to the police. “Apparently someone had fun with my money at an ice show in Southampton, via another cash point in Stratford, London – I’ve never been.”

A number of commenters to our Facebook page also shared their card cloning experiences – search Hemel Hempstead Gazette on the social networking site for more.

The incidents follow the discovery of a card cloning device at shops in Stoneycroft, Warners End, last year.

Months later, there were also fears people were being targeted by the same con in Tring.

Police advise cash point users to never disclose their PIN to anyone, and always look around when approaching and using an ATM.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously, or if you think a cash machine has been tampered with, call police immediately and inform a bank official.

Officers also suggest using a cash machine inside a bank or building society wherever possible, as these benefit from increased security.

Call the police non-emergency number 101 with information.