July 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today alerted the general public to the increasing number of credit card frauds in the country.
Police Media Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana said the credit card frauds are increasing day by day regardless of various techniques developed for its detection.
He said the scammers are so expert that they find new ways for committing fraudulent transactions each day which demands constant innovation for detection techniques as well.
The Spokesman has requested the general public to remain extremely vigilant in using the credit cards, and appealed to credit card holders not to allow shopkeepers to keep the credit card with them for more than a few minutes.
Recently the police have arrested a group of two Turkish nationals and one Ukrainian national after surveillance by the Police on a tip received.
Investigations have revealed that the group had made a number of withdrawals using 33 such fraudulent cards from ATMs around Colombo and had visited Sri Lanka three times in the recent past.
The Police have seized cash amounting to Rs. 12.5 million and several other items from the group.
The Police have also received information on frauds committed using mobile phones. In one such scam, the callers have told the mobile phone users that they have won about $5000 in a contest conducted by a certain institution and asked them to deposit a large fee to process the paperwork.
The Police Media Spokesman warned the public to be vigilant when handing over credit cards to third parties at shops, restaurants and for other transactions as data can be stolen in order to commit fraud and gain access to bank accounts.