A warning today from the TTPS that ATM card skimmers are not afraid to hijack machines in crowded, high traffic areas.
It comes as two foreigners were arrested just last week for planting a skimming device at an ATM in the very busy Trincity Mall.
According to TTPS spokesman, Sergeant Ashraf Ali, there is a misconception that skimmers may be afraid to target these areas because of the amount of people in the vicinity.
Since the ABM task force was reintroduced in September, 19 persons have appeared before the courts.
18 of them were non-nationals.
The announcement was made by ASP of the Fraud Squad Curtis Julien at the police press briefing today as he gave safety tips for ATM/card skimming especially during the Christmas and carnival season.
Scotiabank is maintaining that the safety and security of customers' accounts remains a priority, in light of a video showing police removing skimming equipment from its Freeport branch.
The bank issued a statement on the topic on Friday.
"The safety and security of our customer accounts and information is a top priority at Scotiabank, and is a responsibility we take very seriously," Scotiabank said.
Two sales clerks have been jointly charged with conspiracy to defraud Republic Bank Limited of sums totaling $113,516.35, between November and December 2018.
Troy Mohammed, 26, of St. Augustine and Tiffany Batson-Joseph, 29, of San Juan, were arrested and charged with the offense, following an investigation into a report of alleged card skimming at a clothing store, located along the Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna.
Minister of National Security Stuart Young has told the Senate that over $27 million have been stolen from bank customers via skimming.
The minister was responding to a question posed to him on the Senate Order Paper.
He told the meeting that the Police Service received 3,044 reports of card-skimming over the period January 01, 2017 to November 15, 2018, amounting to $27,482,292.22 being skimmed illegally.
The minister said he did not have information on how much has been recovered.
Skimmers have reportedly successfully stolen close to $.2 million from bank accounts belonging to Scotiabank customers.
In the latest scam, which police said occurred on Friday between 8 pm and 11 pm, money was withdrawn from bank accounts through card skimming.
Victims from Friday had as much as $5,000 withdrawn from their accounts.
Yesterday, two of the victims contacted the T&T Guardian and said they had lodged official reports at the T&T Police Service’s Fraud Squad and Scotiabank’s Port-of-Spain head office.