3 M’sian ATM skimmers arrested in Thailand

PETALING JAYA: Thai authorities have arrested three suspected Malaysian ATM skimmers at the Sadao border checkpoint between Malaysia and Thailand. They were held by the Songkla Immigration Office and Sadao Provincial Police on Tuesday.

The suspects were wanted for making unauthorised money withdrawals in Songkla and Phuket by skimming more than 600,000 baht from 13 Phuket and Songkla-based accounts last month.

“We captured the suspects while they were attempting to escape to Malaysia using a car with a Malaysian license plate,” Phuket Gazette quoted Col Sangkom Tadso of Songkla Immigration as saying.

More than 30 credit cards, a book with more than 1,000 ATM codes, equipment used for skimming, 400,000 Vietnamese dong, US$20 and three suitcases were found in the suspects’ possession.

“They arrived in Thailand on May 9 and after fraudulently obtaining the money, spent all of it on travelling and shopping,” said Col Sangkom.

They were charged with forging electronic cards and illegally using (artificial) electronic cards.

Police were hunting for the suspects after least 15 people filed complaints again about unauthorised withdrawals from their Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) accounts a week earlier.