More train passengers fall prey to electronic theft

12th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

An increasingly number of passengers who use machines at train stations to purchase tickets find themselves victims of automated machine teller theft.

THE NETHERLANDS – An increasingly number of train passengers of the National Dutch Railways (NS) have reported of skimming at the ticket machines.

About 300 such incidents have been reported in the first nine months of the year while figures issued by the police show that the number has doubled in the past few months.

Skimming happens when a small electronic devise or a skimmer is placed over the slot for bank or credit cards. It is used to steal the passenger's bankcard information while a pinhole camera reads the personal identification numbers that is being keyed in. The information is then used to make fake duplicate bank cards.

As of next week, the NS will attach special counter-skimmer devices onto the ticket machines to make it more difficult for criminals to read PIN codes.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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