Friday, July 24, 2009

Media reports that Romanian ATM scheme has led to massive consumer losses worldwide

Major media sources have reported an astronomical amount of money being scammed from bank accounts by devices planted around ATM machines, and supposedly a “Romanian” gang is implicated.

Back in 2008, there were numerous reports about this problem, such as this one from Ireland on Blogger, incorporating an original story on The Irish Examiner (site) by Seán McCárthaigh (original not available). There is an independent story from Ireland about the Romanian Connection here. The blogger had previously made a supplementary post about illegal immigration in Europe as contributing to the problem that has now surfaced in the US.

An Australian site reported (story by Arjun Ramachandran) the “Romanian racket” as global in April 2009, link here.

The news reports yesterday indicated that the scams had included many credit and debit card readers at gasoline stations around the US, Canada and Europe, where customers are not as careful as at bank ATM machines about the possibility of physical spy cameras.

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