An organised crime gang with links to eastern Europe is suspected of targeting more than 40 ATMs across Sydney and skimming thousands of dollars from unsuspecting customers.
Detectives have released CCTV footage of three men, shown at ATMs on Market Street in Sydney and in Campsie, who are wanted for questioning following a sharp rise in skimming incidents across the city since mid-January.
Police hunt for ATM skimming gang
Police release CCTV footage of three men they believe are part of a criminal gang targeting ATMs across Sydney.
Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, the commander of the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, said the gang was suspected of fitting skimming devices to more than 40 Sydney ATMS and installing a tiny video camera to record people entering their PINs.
The suburbs where skimming devices have been found include Artarmon, Avalon, Balmain, Bexley, Bondi Junction, Burwood, Campsie, Caringbah, Chatswood, Clovelly, Dee Why, Double Bay, Dural, Gordon, Hurstville, Haymarket, Kingsford, Mona Vale, Mosman, Neutral Bay, Parramatta, Ramsgate, Rockdale, Seven Hills, Strathfield, St Ives and the Sydney CBD.
“Our investigation, which has been strongly supported by a number of banks, suggests that the spike in ATM skimming incidents can be attributed to an organised syndicate targeting ATMs in suburbs right across Sydney,” Detective Superintendent Katsogiannis said.
“The skimming devices the group are using are capable of copying card details while a tiny video camera records people entering their personal identification numbers.
“A copy of the compromised card is then created, with all of the capabilities of the original, allowing the group to access the account holders’ funds at liberty.
“While we have arrested some members of the group, we know there are still a number out there, so cardholders need to exercise caution when using ATMs."
He urged customers using ATMs to cover their hands while entering their PINs, and to check their bank accounts regularly to detect any suspicious transactions.
Last month, two men - one from Hungary and one from Romania - were arrested after allegedly tampering with an ATM on Market Street in Sydney. Both men have been charged and are before the courts.
Detectives are now searching for three more men, including two who were captured on CCTV also at an ATM on Market Street in Sydney on March 28.
Police described one man captured in the vision as being of eastern European appearance and aged in his 20s or early 30s. He was wearing a navy blue, long-sleeved shirt.
A second man captured in the vision was described as being of eastern European appearance and aged in his 20s or early 30s. He was wearing a navy blue polo shirt and black baseball cap.
Detectives have also released a CCTV image of another man who was captured at an ATM on Beamish Street in Campsie on March 21.
Police described the man as being of eastern European appearance and aged in his late 30s or 40s. He was wearing a light long-sleeved shirt, dark pants and shoes and a dark baseball cap.
Detective Superintendent Katsogiannis encouraged anyone who recognised the men to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.