JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Bulgarians apprehended for using fake ATM cards to steal $90,000 in Vietnam

Bulgarians apprehended for using fake ATM cards to steal $90,000 in Vietnam

Friday, August 07, 2015, 16:45 GMT+7

Vietnamese police have detained three Bulgarians who said that they had been hired by a compatriot to fix devices to ATMs to steal cardholders’ information and use fake cards to withdraw cash from the machines, local media reported.

The police department of Hoi An City in the central province of Quang Nam on Thursday said they had handed Georgi Atanason Hadzhigeorgiev, 27, Stanislav Nedelchev Nedialkov, 39, and Dimitar Kolev Mavrov, 19, over to the provincial police for investigation, according to news website Dan Tri.

Hoi An police officers arrested the three Bulgarians on July 27 after catching them installing an electronic device on the ATM of Asia Commercial Bank (ACB) at 106 Ba Trieu Street in the city.

On searching their bodies, police found and seized two sets of electronic equipment including chips, cameras, memory cards and batteries; three mobile phones; their passports; and an amount of money. 

Police later searched their home on Xuan Dieu Street in the city and continued to confiscate a lot of electronic devices, computers, ATM card models, ATM card readers, and another amount of cash.

The three detainees told police that they arrived in Hoi An as tourists in April 2015.

A month later, they came to the Why Not bar, where they met a compatriot, named Ivan, who stayed in a rented house in the city’s Tan An Ward.

Ivan then asked the three to join a scam to appropriate money from ATM cardholders, mainly foreigners.

The three agreed and Ivan asked them to fix devices to ATMs to steal the personal information of cardholders.

He also requested them to remove those devices from the machines 24 hours after the installation and bring them back to him.

Based on the stolen information, Ivan created fake cards by using specialized equipment and asked the trio to use the cards to withdraw cash from ATMs.  

Before their arrest, the three used such fake cards 15 times to withdraw an amount of cash equal to US$90,000, according to police officers.

After each withdrawal, Ivan paid them VND40 million ($1,830), the detainees told police.

Police officers are searching for Ivan.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi Tre News

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Latest news