Saturday, Oct 20, 2012
SINGAPORE – A woman who had close to $7,000 stolen from her bank account can heave a sigh of relief as the bank has agreed to help compensate for her loss, Lianhe Wanbao reported on Friday.
United Overseas Bank has agreed to pay Madam Lee back after funds from her account were illegally withdrawn from an automatic teller machine (ATM) in the Philippines.
According to the Chinese daily, someone had withdrawn money from the account about 20 times on October 14 and 15. The amount taken out each time was about $300.
It is believed that information had been stolen by a card-reading device when the card was used in Singapore.
A fraudulent card was then created with the stolen information and used at an ATM in the Philippines.
Security measures put in place earlier this year in response to a largescale DBS ATM fraud case had made it more difficult for ATM cards to be used overseas.
However, the victim had earlier applied for her card to be used overseas.
A spokesperson from UOB told Lianhe Wanbao that Madam Lee was notified of the discrepancy as soon as unusual activity was detected.
UOB also said that it held the security of bank accounts with high regard, and advised all bank account holders to change their personal identification numbers regularly to protect themselves from theft and mischief.
CSI investigation by tracking and monitoring usage to detect unusual activity, where it is possible to identify using the ATM’s CCTV, the criminal would have left evidence of a digital nature while using the forged ATM card, the evidence can be found on the magnetic stripe, which will be similar to the skimming machine, and can be traced back via the database of the bank’s customer usage, the breakdown of the tables of the database holds the key, it is therefore possible to spot the difference between the original and the duplicate, by looking into the digital footprint which will defer from the original, and the exact breakdown of when the breech occur at which ATM branch, by comparing the date, time of all digital footprints. The work is like tracing a bullet that is fired to which gun, and there is only one match. The trick is to look at the molecular breakdown of the media.
– Contributed by Oogle.