2 Russians arrested on ATM fraud charges

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Two Russian men were arrested for allegedly using counterfeit electronic cards to rob Pattaya ATMs.

Kasikorn Bank security officials alerted police Sept. 25 that teller machines across the city were being looted by two foreigners. Officers obtained photos of the suspects, who they located on Second Road near the TKH Kitchenware shop. They watched as the men removed cash, then moved to another ATM down the road. Then they made their move.

Evgenii Kurbatov (left) and Sergei Popov (right) were apprehended with 36 fake ATM cards and cash.Evgenii Kurbatov (left) and Sergei Popov (right) were apprehended with 36 fake ATM cards and cash.

Sergei Popov, 27, and Evgenii Kurbatov, 36, were apprehended with 36 fake ATM cards and 20,000 baht cash.

Police said the two confessed to buying the fake cards in Russia for $1,000 and said that the victimized accounts are all in Europe and Asia.