A gang rigged cashpoints with hi-tech devices to seize bank cards and capture the owner’s pin number on iPhone cameras, a court heard.
Attaul Qayyum, of London, is said to have helped transform ATMs in Ramsgate and Broadstairs into potential money spinning traps as part of a “sophisticated” ruse.
The 22-year-old stands trial at Canterbury Crown Court after denying possession of articles for the use of fraud.
His co-defendants Thinumenan Ganelshalingam, 24, of Mitcham and Tharan Yogeswaran, 25, of Gillingham, pleaded guilty to the same charge at an early opportunity.
Residents raised the alarm after their cards became jammed inside the cash points, before one victim discovered a concealed iPhone camera recording the pin pad.
A timer and miniature iPod Nano - designed to store the elicit footage - were also connected to the “improvised recording device,” the court heard.
The camera system had been fastened to a narrow, thin, 15 cm long piece of metal, designed to look like part of the cashpoint.
When PC Proctor examined the gadget it showed the moment Ganelshalingam and Yogeswaran fitted the camera onto a cash machine, followed by their victim entering her pin number.
The scam came to light when Daniel Edwards attempted to withdraw money from a machine in the Co-op in Broadstairs High Street during the early evening on August 21, 2020.
“He pressed the button to withdraw £20, the card didn’t come out and money didn’t come out,” prosecutor Samantha Wright said.
As the machine displayed an ‘out of order’ sign Mr Edwards immediately cancelled the card and suffered no financial losses, the court heard.
Meanwhile, a 15-year-old girl would suffer the same fate at a machine in Co-op in Grange Road, Ramsgate, just over an hour later.
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After inserting her card it “wouldn’t come out again,” the prosecutor explained, adding one eagle-eyed witness intervened as the machine also displayed “out of order.”
Harriet Dobson discovered a concealed iPhone camera attached to a strip of metal pointing at the pin-entry pad and alerted the police.
“On the device was a timer counting up and it was showing 17 minutes when it was handed to the police officer,” the prosecutor said.
“This is quite a sophisticated operation,” she continued.
The court heard an eye-witness who saw the group leaving the scene alerted police to the Lexus Qayyum was driving.
Officers stopped him as he headed towards London along the M2 and discovered a number of stolen bank cards and various tools used for fraud inside the vehicle, and the trio were arrested.
During a police interview Qayyum said he was “completely shocked” the paraphernalia was found inside his vehicle.
He denied any knowledge of the criminal activity and explained he was merely the driver during a “lad’s day to the beach,” Ms Wright continued.
She told jurors Qayyum, of Morden, was convicted of the same charge in May 2020 year, where “articles (were also) used in an ATM.”
Qayyum is yet to argue his case and the trial continues.