Public warned over PIN data theft

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1 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — A criminal gang is stealing the details of PIN debit cards used in Dutch high-street shops, a retailers group warned on Monday.

1 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — A criminal gang is stealing the details of PIN debit cards used in Dutch high-street shops, a retailers group warned on Monday.

Responding to a story in newspaper 'AD', Platform Detailhandel confirmed some customers have complained to the police after their accounts were plundered. Gang members pretend to be technicians or carry out break-ins to place card readers on PIN machines in shops to record the card details.

In some cases cameras have been hidden in shops to record customers as they enter their confidential PIN numbers during transactions.

This type of crime has been detected throughout the Netherlands and the similarity of the techniques used indicates one gang is behind the phenomenon. A special police unit has been set up to tackle the problem.

Retailers are also working with banks to develop a new type of card designed to be less sensitive to this kind of data theft. "The strip on the card will then be replaced by a microchip that is not so easy to copy," a spokesperson for Platform Detailhandel said. "Until then we advice shop owners to strictly monitor the identification of technicians and to check the PIN machines every morning."

Separately, Postbank warned on Sunday of a fake email received by both Postbank and non-Postbank customers. The e-mail, purporting to come from Postbank, asks recipients to disclose their access codes to Postbank.nl - the bank's online banking system. Postbank stressed that it never asks customers to disclose these personal codes.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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