Bank clients, especially those travelling to South Africa, have been warned by the Swaziland Bankers Association (SBA) to be on the watch out for card skimming frauds.

Fraud Liaising Committee, a part of SBA, chairman Malibongwe Dlamini was quoted by Times Of Swaziland as saying that this type of fraud was very common in the country.

Apart from Johannesburg, this crime is particularly prevalent in places such as KwaNyamazane Malelane in Mpumalanga which Swazis frequently visit, Dlamini added.

Fraudsters extract the card details by swiping the card through a device. Using skimmed details they create a fake or ‘cloned’ card and then withdraw money from the victims account.

"We’ve had cases like that reported to us before and that is why we are warning bank clients to exercise extra caution when doing some transactions in the already mentioned hotspots. It’s not too common in Swaziland, but it has happened in some hotels," Dlamini explained.

He advised card owners not to hand over their cards to anyone except a bank official or a cashier at a shop to avoid fraud.

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"Always make sure that you can see the machine through which the card is swiped and check that it carries bank branding. When using your card, try not to let it out of your sight, and if you lose or misplace it cancel it immediately," the chairman further warned.

In few cases, fraudsters attached a mini camera at ATMs to record card details and punching of pin numbers, he revealed.