Four Ukrainian men arrested with fake ATM cards
Four Ukrainian men have been arrested by the Crime Suppression Division after they have allegedly used fake ATM cards with stolen accounts from the United States to withdraw cash from ATM machines in Bangkok.
The arrest was announced at a press conference at the CSD at 3 pm Wednesday by Central Investigation Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Thitiraj Nongharn.
The four were identified as Rustam Mamedov, 25, Lurii Lutsyk, 30, Valadyslav Ishchenko, 29, and Volodymyr Khudaiberdiiev, 25.
Presented along with them at the press conference were 30 fake ATM cards, two credit card slips, Bt9,500 and US$300 in cash.
The four have been arrested at the BS Residence Hotel on Soi Lat Krabang 30/4 in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district.
Thitiraj said the CSD had been alerted by the Siam Commercial Bank that foreign criminals had been using fake ATM cards with stolen bank accounts from bank customers in the United States to withdraw cash from ATM machines in Lat Krabang since June 14.
The CSD investigated and learned the identities of the four and arrested them while they were walking into their hotel, Thitiraj said.
He said the four had allegedly withdrawn Bt130,000 from SCB ATM machines. A further investigation found that the four had allegedly caused damage to other commercial banks in Thailand worth over Bt10 million.
They were charged with using fake electronic cards to caused damages to others. They will be prosecuted after which they will be deported, Thitiraj added.
He said police are now stepping up crackdown on foreign gangsters who use fake ATM cards and who steal others’ bank accounts by using skimmer technique.