Stolen card used without need for PIN

Hidden danger of bank cards

Hidden danger of bank cards Credit: frankieleon flickr

WHEN a woman in Almuñecar discovered that her bank account had been defrauded of €127, she checked her handbag and discovered that her wallet containing the bank debit card had disappeared.
The last time that she had used the card was the previous day at a local market and assumed that the wallet must have been stolen when she was there.
She reported the loss to the Guardia Civil who quickly realised that seven different transactions all for less than €20 had taken place as for that small amount of money, no pin number is required.
Officers then visited the establishments where the card had been used to check CCTV and recognised a 26-year-old man from the town at each store who was known as a pickpocket and he has now been arrested.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page