Wirral card-cloning petrol station fraudster jailed

A Wirral petrol station worker who defrauded hundreds of customers by cloning their bank card details has been jailed for 12 months.

Night shift worker Murugaiah Selvakumaran, 36, was caught using a tampered-with pin entry device at the Murco garage in Leasowe Road, Wallasey.

Police found the device had recorded the bank account details of 517 customers in January and February 2009.

The Sri Lankan national admitted fraud at Warrington Crown Court.

Merseyside Police's specialist economic crime team uncovered CCTV showing a camera recording customers entering their PIN into the device.

This information, together with their account details, enabled fraudulent transactions amounting to more than £41,000 being made across the world.

'Wealth of evidence'

Speaking after Selvakumaran, of south Liverpool, was sentenced, Det Sgt Paul Kay from the economic crime team said: "This was a sophisticated fraud in which customers at this one particular filling station were unknowingly having their bank details and PINs copied and used to make transactions through the world.

"It was only when some of them checked their statements and noticed transactions that they had not made, that this was flagged up to the banks and police.

"We went public on this emerging pattern and received dozens more complaints as a result, all of which related to this one particular station.

"Further investigations revealed a pattern of fraudulent activity and when Selvakumaran was eventually traced and arrested, there was a wealth of evidence against him."

Police said no-one else employed by the station in Leasowe Road was ever arrested.

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