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Two charged in Vancouver ATM scam

Last Updated May 24, 2018 at 9:40 am PST

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Police say bank machines were tampered with to record PINs and prevent cards from being returned

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Two people have been charged, accused of running an ATM scam in Vancouver.

Police say they received word from Scotia Bank that several bank machines had been tampered with to temporarily disable security features. They believe people were setting it all up at night, including a discreet camera to record people’s PINs. A cover was placed over the card readers to prevent the card from ejecting at the end of a transaction.

The customer service contact information was also removed from the machines, which meant the customers would likely need to leave before getting in touch with the bank.

Four people were arrested last week at a home in Yaletown. Two people, both from from Romania, have been charged with fraud.

“It appears these people are a part of a group making their way across Canada from Ontario to B.C. Our investigators are following up with other police agencies to see if there are any links that could help with unsolved files,” says VPD Constable Jason Doucette.

“If your card gets stuck in a bank ATM, please be patient, and don’t leave until you receive clear directions from bank staff,” he adds.

Catrlin Virgil Diugu, 37, has pleaded guilty. Liviu-Marius Dogariu, 33, is charged with possessing a device to obtain computer service, and is scheduled to appear in court next on June 5.

If you’ve fallen victim to this scam, you’re urged to contact your bank and file a report with police