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Skimming is illegally obtaining and copying payment card data. It is a form of payment card fraud in which the magnetic strip of a card is copied and the PIN code is obtained when a payment transaction is made. A copy of the card is then made. Together with the PIN, money can then be withdrawn and paid for at home and abroad. If you or someone in your area is suspected of skimming, it is important to call in an expert lawyer. The lawyers at our office have a great deal of experience in handling criminal cases, including skimming cases. Please contact us for assistance and advice.


Skimming is punishable by Article 232 of the Penal Code. The legal text can be found below:


Article 232
1. Any person who intentionally forges or falsifies a payment card, a value card, any other card available to the public or a carrier of identity data available to the public for the purpose of making or obtaining payments or other automated payment services, with a view to obtaining an advantage for himself or for another person, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six years or a fifth category fine.
2. The same penalty shall be imposed on any person who intentionally uses the counterfeit or falsified card or pass as if it were genuine and genuine, or intentionally issues, holds, receives, procures, transports, sells or transfers such a card or pass, knowing or reasonably suspecting that the card or pass is intended for such use.


Penalty for skimming

Many people wonder what punishment a person can expect for skimming, but that question can never be answered just like that. Punishment is made to measure. In the case of a conviction, the judge looks at all kinds of factors, such as the circumstances under which the offence was committed, the person of the suspect, the maximum sentence and judgments in similar cases. The lawyers at our firm can make a realistic assessment of a possible penalty, even if it is ultimately up to the court to make the decision.


Our lawyers can assist you throughout the Netherlands. We litigate at the Courts of Alkmaar, Almelo, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Assen, Breda, Dordrecht, The Hague, Groningen, Haarlem, 's-Hertogenbosch, Leeuwarden, Lelystad, Maastricht, Middelburg, Roermond, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Zutphen and Zwolle, the Courts of Appeal in Amsterdam, Arnhem, The Hague, 's-Hertogenbosch and Leeuwarden and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague.


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