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Waiters arrested for cloning cards

July 24, 2012

Six staff from La Diablita restaurant in Guadalajara’s Chapalita neighborhood were arrested last week, allegedly in possession of two stolen cell phones and a machine for cloning credit cards.

Bottles were smashed in a heated argument that broke out when a customer claimed waiters had stolen his phones. Police arrived at the restaurant, situated on Lazaro Cardenas and Fernando de Alba, and arrested the accused waiters and the manager.

The Jalisco Attorney General’s Office (PGJEJ) has charged the suspects with theft, cause of injury, abuse of authority and card cloning.

Cloning machines are small enough to be easily hidden behind a till, so when paying, customers are advised to ask staff to bring the card reader to their table. To minimize risks you should never let the card out of your sight, always check the amount on the receipt is correct, regularly check your bank balance and immediately report any irregularities.

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