Software engineer nicked for card skimming scam

A Sri Lankan national has been jailed for his part in a £725,000 chip and pin machine rigging scam which cloned the cards of petrol station customers all over the south of England.

Software engineer Theogenes De Montford, a 29-year-old graduate from west London, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for his part in the campaign which modified the customer-operated handsets in order to clone the cards of unwitting users.

Three other members of the gang, which recruited station sales staff to allow them to fiddle with the card-reading keypads, were also jailed for three-and-a-half years.

De Montford, who will be deported once he has done his time, had the details of 35,000 cards on his laptop when he was arrested, according to the BBC.

Since the gang was arrested, the amount of chip-and-pin fraud throughout the UK has been significantly reduced, according to the prosecution lawyers.

The judge in the case said that instances of fraud highlighted by the court were "only the tip of the iceberg".

The gang apparently burned a hole in the back of the chip-and-pin handsets in order to insert a reader device and a Bluetooth transmitter. We'll be doing a thorough inspection of the machine next time we're stocking up on petrol and Jelly Babies.