Following investigation by the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU), four criminals have been imprisoned for debit and credit card fraud activity.
The gang were sentenced to a total of 15 years at Southwark Crown Court for the debit and credit card fraud that took place last year.
They tampered with chip and PIN devices at a number of petrol stations to enable them to copy the electronic data from customer’s credit and debit cards.
This personal information was then used to make fake magnetic strips for cards to be used fraudulently overseas in countries yet to introduce chip and PIN.
Detective Chief Inspector John Osibote, who leads the DCPCU, said “The Unit has prevented a significant amount of card fraud from taking place. We have worked closely with both the banking and retail sector on this investigation, and together we are sending a very clear message that those responsible for these types of fraud will be caught and prosecuted.”
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