Police: Thais collaborate in cash theft at ATM machines

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BANGKOK, Nov 9 – Police were hunting for Thai and foreign suspects who collaborated in retrieving data from ATM machines in Bangkok to withdraw cash in the Ukraine.

Deputy National Police Chief Aek Angsananont met with Lumpini police, officials of the Information and Communication Technology Ministry and representatives from commercial banks to get the latest update on the thefts at ATM machines.

A close-circuit camera at a Bangkok Bank in Apollo Building, Wireless Road, showed the theft has been conducted since last month, he said, adding that the suspects installed a device, known as a skimmer, at an ATM machine to acquire users’ data.

Thai people cooperated in illegally retrieving the data to withdraw cash in Ukraine, he said.

He said 74 people filed complaints with police. The total damages were about Bt1.3 million with some people losing as much as Bt70,000.

Bangkok Bank agreed to pay compensation to clients within two weeks.

Kasikorn Bank said it received complaints from 40 clients and had paid total damages of Bt280,000.

It said it has instructed manufacturers of ATM machines to find measures to prevent such thefts in the future.