| GOIANIA, Brazil – A 27-year-old woman was arrested in the capital on Saturday, suspected of helping defraud banks of up to R$1 million (about $537,000 USD). According the the Military Police (PM), she is suspected of belonging to a gang that put up “chupa-cabra” devices at bank ATMs.
The device is used to capture and retain the bank card when customers attempt to use the cash machines. The gang members retrieve the card and use them after obtaining personal information, including the PIN, from the customer. Investigators say that the losses from bank customers could reach a million reals.
According to the Civil Police, who are investigating the crime, after the customer’s card was retained by the device, the woman would appear posing as a bank official and offer help to customers use the ATM. She would then direct the customer to call an “ombudsman” in customer service who would collect personal information then tell the customer that they had to cancel and reissue the card.
The ombudsman was actually one of the gang members. After the customer left the scene, the gang would retrieve the card from the device and use it to withdraw money from the machine.
Police believe that four people are part of the gang and that they are from the neighboring state of Minas Gerais. Earlier on Monday, ten people were named as victims of the fraud and they were able identify the suspect, who was arrested and faces charges of bank fraud.
Brazilian online news source for this article: TV Anhaguera