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Crime gangs have cracked the chip and pin system, leaving millions of British bank accounts at risk of being plundered.
Banks and customers are powerless to pre-vent the thieves helping themselves to their cash, experts warned.
Thousands of accounts have already been hit by the crooks, who are stealing codes from card readers at shop checkouts.
Anyone who uses a chip and pin card to pay for their shopping is a potential target.
Gangs are hiding devices inside card readers to reveal customers’ pin numbers.
These are emailed across the world and used to clone a new card, which is then utilised to empty the victims’ bank accounts.