Pattaya Daily News

09 July 2012 :: 09:07:34 am 64723

Frenchman Busted With 97 Fake Credit Cards At Pattaya ATM

A Frenchman was arrested at a SCB Bank’s ATM machine on North Pattaya Road while attempting to withdraw cash using fake credit cards. Police seized 97 fake credit cards, mostly belonging to victims in France. The man also had a Google Earth map to locate ATM machines in Pattaya.
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PATTAYA – July 7, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; At 11 a.m., Pol. Maj.Gen. Jamnong Rattanakul, Commissioner, Chonburi province; Pol. Col. Panthana Nuchanart; Pol. Lt. Col. Kierttisak Sathongoy, Deputy Superintendent; Pol. Lt. Col. Chitdecha Songhong, Inspector, along with the police team, reported arresting Mr. Anthony Marc Christophe Claude, 24, a Frenchman. The seized evidence included 97 fake electronic cards and a Google Earth map to locate ATM machines in Pattaya.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Jamnong said on the afternoon of July 6, Pattaya police were notified from an officer of SCB bank that a foreigner had tried to use a fake electronic card to withdraw money from the bank’s ATM machine at North Pattaya, Moo 5 Tambon Na Kleu, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi province.
Police rushed to the scene and found Mr. Anthony standing at the ATM machine. The police restrained him and searched his handbag, finding a printout of the Google Earth map showing the locations of ATMs in Pattaya, as well as the 97 fake electronic cards.
From inspecting the information in the cards, police determined that they belonged to victims in France. The defendant was initially unable to withdraw money with the fake cards. If he could have withdrawn money, the potential losses to credit card companies would have totaled millions of THB.
During the investigation, the defendant confessed that he had been in Thailand since July 5, and stayed in a hotel in North Pattaya. He then tried to use the fake credit cards that his friend in France gave to him to withdraw money from nearby ATM machines. However, he could not withdraw any money despite trying many ATMs. He then went to the ATM machine of SCB bank on North Pattaya Road to withdraw money again, but was arrested by the police. He told police that he was supposed to send all the money back to his friend in France, but did not know what his share of the money would have been.
After the initial investigation, police charged him with making fake electronic cards, either the whole card or some part of the card, modifying the wording on the real electronic card, and having used the cards, or having in his belonging the cards while knowing they were fake. They sent him with the evidence to the investigating officer to prosecute further according to the law.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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