3 Russians arrested for fake ATM card use

Friday, 30 May 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By  Boonlua Chatree

Chonburi police arrested three Russians who allegedly used fake ATM cards to steal more than 10 million baht from Kasikorn Bank ATMs.

Transnational Crime Suppression Center officers May 19 apprehended Dmitrii Minkin, 30, Aleksandr Li, 37, and Aleksandr Lidzhiev, 27, along with 88 counterfeit electronic cards, 12,000 baht, 1 remote-controlled camera, an ATM hacking machine and other tools for making fake cards.

(L to R) Dmitrii Minkin, Aleksandr Li and Aleksandr Lidzhiev have been charged with ATM theft.(L to R) Dmitrii Minkin, Aleksandr Li and Aleksandr Lidzhiev have been charged with ATM theft.

Region 2 commander Maj. Gen. Khatcha Thatsart said Kasikorn officials reported that about 500,000 baht a day was being taken from its Soi Buakaow ATMs for four days. Police began surveilling the street and spotted three foreigners fitting the description of the suspects.

Police said the suspects admitted they’d installed a hidden camera at ATMs and used it to capture PIN codes and a skimmer to capture card numbers. With that information, they created fake cards, sending proceeds back to Russia. They said another partner was still at large.

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