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Bank Fraud May be linked to Mobile ‘Top-Ups’

28 February, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry Armagh Assembly election candidate Mickey Brady has warned people who 'top up' their mobile phones using Debit or Credit Cards to check their bank accounts as fraudsters may have been 'copying' information, which has been used to withdraw money from current accounts.

Mr Brady said:

"One Newry man informed me he had £130 taken illicitly from his bank account. The money was taken out at £30 each time over a period of three weeks. This man regularly topped up his mobile phone account using a Switch card.

"In this case the Bank cancelled his Switch card until this matter was resolved, apparently the mobile phone company told this man there had been a recent spate of fraudulent incidents connected to customers using Debit and Credit cards to 'top up' their phones.

At this stage the phone companies are saying very little about these fraudulent incidents linked to mobile phone top ups, I would hope and expect that they clarify the issue as a matter of urgency." ENDS

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