Two held as police mount raid on fraud factory

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TWO men have been arrested in a police raid on a fraud factory thought to be behind cash card offences committed across the country.

The flat, in the north-west London suburb of Harrow, contained equipment believed to have been used in attacks on bank cash machines.

City of London Police seized six cash traps, which are placed over the cash dispenser of an ATM cash machine and use a metal bar to prevent the customer receiving the money, which is trapped until the offender can retrieve it. Officers also seized eight false ATM fronts, eight pinhole cameras which are used to capture personal identification numbers and eight Lebanese loops, which are used to retain a customer’s card.

In addition, they found 150 phone top-up cards which were programmed with bank details.

The two men arrested were Romanian nationals.

Det Chief Insp Dave Clark said: “We will always be proactive in tracking down criminals linked with fraud.”