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14 March 2014 :: 15:03:50 pm 83114

Ukrainian Arrested With Fake ATM Cards

Immigration have made an arrest of a Ukrainian man who used fake ATM bank cards to draw over 1 million THB.
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The incident took place in the Samsen-Khao San Road area of Bangkok. The police believe him to be part of a large foreign gang that use “skimmers” to copy information from victim’s cards, and used them to draw funds in Thailand.

BANGKOK – March 13, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; Pol.Lt.Gen. Phanu Kerdlarpphon (Commissioner of Immigration Bureau), Pol.Maj.Gen. Warawuth Thaweechaikarn (Commander), Pol.Col. Chayavuth Jansomboon (Superintendent) and Pol.Sub.Lt. Kittiphan Eam-jaroon (Deputy Inspector) together arrested Mr. Samari Igor, aged 39, of Ukrainian nationality. He was in possession of 18 fake foreign ATM cards, 2 genuine ATM cards, 1,790 THB in cash, 1 black handbag and 2 brown wallets. He was arrested at the ATM machine in front of a 7-Eleven shop in Soi Samsen 2, Samsen road, Ban Pharn Thom Sub-district, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok.

Pol.Sub.Lt. Kittiphan said that the officers had coordinated with the Credit Cards Inspection Division of Siam Commercial Bank. The unusual withdrawals occurred on March 6 and March 11, 2014. The officers arranged for the detective police team to inspect all the CCTV footage in the area until on March 13, 2014 the bank officers found Mr. Samari, withdrawing money at an ATM machine of the Siam Commercial Bank. The data displayed at the banks end appeared suspicious, and his appearance matched that of the fake ATM scammer. On this basis, the police officers arrested the man. Having found suitable evidence, and upon further questioning, police went to the culprit’s room, in the Soi Ram Boot Tree, Phra Nakhon District in search of the thief’s co-conspirator, with no luck.

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It transpires that the Ukrainian came to Thailand on March 6, 2014 and passed through Suvarnnabhumi Immigration on a tourist visa. He said that he received the fake ATM cards from his Ukrainian friend. He had successfully withdrawn funds ten times previously, of which he received a cut, the rest going to the gang.

The officers carried out further investigations, and it would appear that the cards being used belonged to banks of foreign countries, mainly Russia and the Ukraine. The gang used hidden cameras in those countries, to skim the information from these cards, and then made copies to be used here in Thailand. Initially police thought the fraud valued to about 100,000 THB, but they feel that 1 million THB is more accurate now, on the back of conversations with the defendant.

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