Gardaí warn public of sophisticated scam as two men arrested for using ATM skimming devices
Gardaí have urged the public to be vigilant in all of their financial dealings.
Gardaí have arrested two men in Blanchardstown in connection with the use of a skimming device on a bank ATM in Kildare town on Thursday.
The Kildare Gardaí, supported by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, had been working closely with a major Irish financial institution in an attempt to intercept the criminals involved.
The arrest took place on Friday morning.
It is thought that the men form part of an Eastern European criminal organisation.
The arrests are seen as a significant development in this case, which involved the targeting of eight different bank branches in Dublin, Kildare, and Meath.
Skimming devices and credit cards were recovered at the scene of the arrests.
The two males, in their 30s, are being held at Newbridge and Kildare Garda stations under Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act.
"Gardai are working on a daily basis with the financial institutions to prevent fraud," said Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.
"I would again like to stress the importance of being vigilant in all your financial dealings.
"Pay particular attention to suspicious activity or unusual items in the vicinity of ATMs.”