Brit loses 150,000 baht in ATM scam

Friday, 09 March 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 10 By  Boonlua Chatree

A British man lost 150,000 baht from his bank account after his ATM card was cloned.

Alan Robinson, 61, filed a complaint with Pattaya police Feb. 27 alleging that a Middle Eastern man who had been lurking around a Kasikorn Bank ATM Jan. 30 had somehow obtained his card number and password, then made three 50,000-baht withdrawals over the next three days.

This photo from the bank’s ATM security camera shows a Middle Eastern man Robinson suspects cleaned out his account of 150,000 baht. This photo from the bank’s ATM security camera shows a Middle Eastern man Robinson suspects cleaned out his account of 150,000 baht.

An angry Robinson complained he had suspected foul play and had gone into a Kasikorn branch at Central Festival Pattaya Beach, asking that his card be replaced and password changed. He claims staff there refused to oblige, claiming everything would be OK.

Robinson said he then left for Cambodia for a few days and returned home to find the money missing from his account.

Police have obtained CCTV images from the ATMs used to make the three withdrawals in hopes of catching the suspect. Meanwhile, Robinson urged people to be extra cautious when using Pattaya ATMs.

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