Hawks swoop on card-cloning trio

The Hawks have arrested three men, including a 26-year-old Canal Walk restaurant employee, for cloning bank cards.

The restaurant employee was arrested at the mall on Friday February 19, after several customers had complained about having their cards cloned after eating at the restaurant.

A cloning gadget resembling a portable credit card machine had been found at the restaurant, said Hawks spokesman, Lieutenant Robert Netshiunda.

Two more similiar devices were found at the man’s home.

Further investigation led to the arrests of two more men, one, aged 24, at his flat in Parklands, where a scanning device, two laptops and two cloned bank cards were found, and a third man, aged 31, at his Kuils River flat, where four cloned bank cards, two laptops and two scanning devices were found.

The restaurant employee appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday February 22 and the case was postponed to Monday February 29.

The other two men will appear in court on Thursday February 25 for formal bail applications.

“We cannot release the name of the restuarant as the case is still under investigation,” said Lieutenant Netshiunda.