Police are hunting two men over a series of offences targeting the elderly at ATMs.
Police are hunting two men over a series of offences targeting the elderly at ATMs.

ATM predators target elderly

TWO men who have been preying on the elderly at ATMs in South Australia could be headed to Queensland, police have warned.

South Australian police say two men have been distracting customers as they use a machine, confusing them enough to obtain a PIN number and the victim's card.

Queensland Police are yet to receive reports of the offenders targeting customers in Queensland, however South Australia Police advise the offenders have been sighted in New South Wales and stolen card data has been accessed in Nerang.

Fraud and Cyber Crime Group Detective Inspector Peter Brewer says police are urging the community to be vigilant with their bank account details and to ensure they remain alert when using ATMs.

"Based on this information, we believe the pair may be already committing offences in Queensland," he said.

"For this reason we need the community to be extra vigilant. Remember to always be cautious of your surroundings and anyone loitering around the machine, especially anyone who attempts to engage in conversation with you.

"Always cover the area where you enter your PIN and never provide your PIN to anyone or allow them to use the machine on your behalf."

The first man is described as being between 20 and 35, 172-175cms tall, slim build with short black hair and a beard and moustache. He is of Middle Eastern appearance and wears prescription glasses.

The second man is described as being in his late 20s, 188cms tall, of slim build and of Middle Eastern appearance. In previous incidents he has been holding a satchel and wearing a black or grey baseball cap.

Any information in relation to the men should be provided to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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