THE Royal Brunei Police Force and HSBC's Security & Fraud team have launched an investigation following the discovery of an electronic skimming device at HSBC's automated teller machine (ATM) at The Mall, Gadong.
In a statement to The Brunei Times, the HSBC said the fraud was being investigated and that no customers had been affected. The bank went on to say: "HSBC would like to alert the public to be vigilant at all times and to report any suspicious items, devices or activities on any ATMs to either the police or the nearest HSBC branch."
Skimming surreptitiously captures data such as the user's bank account number and PIN number from the magnetic stripe on the back of an ATM card.
The devices are smaller than a deck of cards and are often fastened in close proximity to, or over the top of the ATM's card reader.
An instagram image of the device had earlier been circulated on social media sites.
The Brunei Times
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