Criminal gangs who ‘shoulder-surf’ pin numbers steal ‘20 smartphones a day’

Gang leader says £50,000 can be made in half an hour by watching a user enter a pin and then stealing their device

Criminal gang members who “shoulder-surf” smartphone users for their pin number are stealing as many as 20 handsets each a day and then raiding their victims’ bank accounts, it has been claimed.

In an interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, a criminal “gang leader” suggested that in the case of one victim it took just half an hour to gain access to their banking apps and steal tens of thousands of pounds.

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