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The Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU) will be the
focus of attention on ITV1’s ‘Fraud Squad’ tomorrow at 9pm.
The hour-long programme, which also features the force’s Cheque
and Credit Card Unit (CCCU), shows how detectives are tackling
organised crime gangs making millions from cash machine crime.
The gangs use an array of equipment to steal customers’ bank
account details. Secret cameras record pin numbers and skimmers
copy account details from the magnetic strip on the bank card. Some
gangs even design new fascias to put on the cash machines.
Head of the DCPCU, DCI Paul Barnard, said: “Criminals are
constantly evolving their technology to beat the crime prevention
technology being put in place by the banks.”
Viewers will also learn how Romanian nationals have a monopoly
on the trade, equipment and rewards.
“The fact is 92 per cent of all ATM fraud we see in this country
is committed by Romanian nationals. Very, very tight communities,
very tight gangs”, continued DCI Barnard.
“The crime is highly lucrative earning the gangs well over £2
million a month and the competition is
Tomorrow’s documentary follows last year’s two-part ‘Fraud
Squad’ series on the force’s investigation into an international
boiler room fraud.