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Skimming 'mastermind' held after raid on suburban house

A MASTERMIND behind an international fraud operation responsible for skimming both private and business bank accounts has been uncovered in Limerick.

Following a major joint investigation by gardai and customs officers, a Moldovan man was arrested at a house in Limerick city yesterday.

The evidence recovered at the suburban home and taken away by officers last night included personal and business bank account details, ATM skimming machines, presses for manufacturing bank and credit cards, electrical components for recording electronic data, and pinhole cameras with covers attached that are fitted over ATMs.

Blank bank and credit cards and other cards with names pressed were also recovered along with $10,000 (€7,272). Some of the names on the bank cards are of Irish origin and gardai are attempting to establish if and how the identities were stolen.

The Irish Independent understands that the Moldovan man has been under surveillance over recent months. It's believed he has based his sophisticated operation from the Limerick house for the last two years.

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