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Four Romanians Arrested In Phuket In Bt100m ATM Scam


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#1 webfact

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Posted 2011-03-14 20:39:59

Phuket Swindle: Romanians charged in Bt100mn ATM scam

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One of the suspects shows the press how the ATM card ‘skimmer’ works as
Maj Gen Panya Mamen (left) looks on. Photo: Atchaa Kamlo

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The four Romanians stand accused of stealing more than 100 million baht.
Photo: Atchaa Khamlo

PHUKET: -- Four Romanians were arrested by Phuket police yesterday and charged with running an ATM card scam that is claimed to have stolen 100 million baht.

The four were named by police as Gavrila Florin Eugen, 33; Ene Bogdan Constantin, 23; Vilvoi Claudiu Constantin, 36; and Gavrila Alexandra, 26.

All four suspects were arrested at their rented room at the Azzurro Village Hotel on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road in Patong.

In the room, police found 211 unformatted ATM cards and a “skimmer” that reads data from genuine ATM cards issued by banks. Once captured by the skimmer, that data can be printed onto "blank" ATM cards.

Also seized as evidence were two laptop computers and a USB drive.

Maj Gen Panya Mamen, deputy commissioner of the Criminal Investigation Bureau in Bangkok, explained at a press conference in Phuket today that the arrests followed receipt by the Transnational Crime Suppression Center of tip-offs from the London Metropolitan Police and Siam Commercial Bank.

“The tip-offs gave information about foreigners being involved in ATM scams in tourist hot spots, including Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin and Phuket,” he said.

The complaints from London and the bank reported that ATMs in the UK were fitted with devices to record account information to a USB drive.

The USB drive was then brought to Thailand, where the account information was transferred onto blank ATM cards, after which money was withdrawn from the accounts using local ATMs, Maj Gen Panya explained.

“Cash withdrawn using the forged ATM cards was also sent to their home country. We will continue to work with authorities and follow where that money was sent,” he said.

Maj Gen Panya said that officers investigating the reports on Saturday arrested two Turkish nationals – named as Samana Baris, 34, and Karaburcak Celalettin Kursat, 35.

The two were caught in Bangkok with 59 unformatted ATM cards, Maj Gen Panya said.

Those arrests led to the four Romanians being arrested in Phuket, he said.

The Romanian suspects are being held at Kathu Police Station.


-- Phuket Gazette 2011-03-14



#2 londonthai

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Posted 2011-03-14 22:40:07

looks like thai atm are outdated and have serious security loopholes, if information from the skimmed uk cards is send to thailand.

all this scams from the international gangs are on the top of the local gangs, trying to call bank users and steal sensitive info from them. Every few weeks somebody from my family is called from the "bank" and asked to go to some particular cash mashine and enter pin, to re-activate their card.

Edited by londonthai, 2011-03-14 22:41:39.


#3 Nisa

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Posted 2011-03-14 23:16:55

looks like thai atm are outdated and have serious security loopholes, if information from the skimmed uk cards is send to thailand.



Yes this sounds like a Thailand's fault ... farangs stealing ATM info from other farangs then using ATMs in Thailand where they got busted.


Edited by Nisa, 2011-03-14 23:19:11.


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Posted 2011-03-14 23:43:10


looks like thai atm are outdated and have serious security loopholes, if information from the skimmed uk cards is send to thailand.

Yes this sounds like a Thailand's fault ... farangs stealing ATM info from other farangs then using ATMs in Thailand where they got busted.

How are those rose-tinted glasses doing, Nisa? Still working pretty well by the sound of it.

But don't worry - in a couple of years they'll go amazingly clear.

#5 bangon04

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Posted 2011-03-15 00:06:00


looks like thai atm are outdated and have serious security loopholes, if information from the skimmed uk cards is send to thailand.



Yes this sounds like a Thailand's fault ... farangs stealing ATM info from other farangs then using ATMs in Thailand where they got busted.



well you can't blame the Romanians. They are never blamed for any crime in Europe.....

#6 maxman71

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Posted 2011-03-15 00:10:06

It's good to see some coordination between the international enforcement agencies, banks and the Thai cops. 100 mil baht is not chump change. For some bloke in London who discovers his account is low by hundreds or thousands of quid because of withdrawals made in Phuket when he never left the UK, I'm sure this some welcome relief.

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Posted 2011-03-15 00:14:53

Sometimes the best offense towards crime is a good defense. Avoid using ATM's that are in high-foot traffic tourist areas. Try and use ones that are off the beaten track and also do a visual inspection of the card feeder. You can often spot that it has been tampered with or looks odd. Also change your password occasionally.

#8 Nisa

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Posted 2011-03-15 00:41:05



looks like thai atm are outdated and have serious security loopholes, if information from the skimmed uk cards is send to thailand.

Yes this sounds like a Thailand's fault ... farangs stealing ATM info from other farangs then using ATMs in Thailand where they got busted.

How are those rose-tinted glasses doing, Nisa? Still working pretty well by the sound of it.

But don't worry - in a couple of years they'll go amazingly clear.



Somehow I don't think I will take off the "rose colored" glasses any time soon since I have grown-up with the attitude that it is always better to concentrate on the positive while simply being aware of the negative. Makes me a happy and content person who sees the good in people.

I say job well done for putting an end to an alleged criminal group that preyed on other farangs.

And I have no clue how ATMs vary here, that allowed this crime) than ATMs in most countries ... especially other developing nations since I am certainly not so ignorant to whine and expect things here to be like a First World country such as the UK or the US. And if smart chip technology they are moving to in the UK can be defeated by simply going to another country (including the USA) then it doesn't really sound like a Thai problem ... especially in this case.

The USA has not moved to the smart chip technology yet but many (most?) banks wouldn't allow and Debit Card transaction to take place overseas without the card holder making the bank aware they were traveling. From the story it sounds like they had been using card information they obtained back in the UK.

The complaints from London and the bank reported that ATMs in the UK were fitted with devices to record account information to a USB drive.

The USB drive was then brought to Thailand, where the account information was transferred onto blank ATM cards, after which money was withdrawn from the accounts using local ATMs, Maj Gen Panya explained.


Edited by Nisa, 2011-03-15 00:44:09.


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Posted 2011-03-15 00:52:40

Sometimes the best offense towards crime is a good defense. Avoid using ATM's that are in high-foot traffic tourist areas. Try and use ones that are off the beaten track and also do a visual inspection of the card feeder. You can often spot that it has been tampered with or looks odd. Also change your password occasionally.


Sound advice. I actually set up my US Bank account to alert me via email to my balance every day. Not sure about Europe but in the US you can only be held accountable for $50 or some minimal amount if you report the card missing/stolen with in 48 or 72 hours. As for this kind of fraud you may be 100% covered but whose to say how long it takes to get that money back. Very dangerous in the US too in terms of fraud because Bank Cards issued in the USA can be swiped just like credit cards at any place that takes Visa/MC without putting your pin number in. The difference with a credit card is that in the Bank Card situation the money is debited immediately from your account. The only time you need to enter your pin is if you are withdrawing cash.

What I don't understand is how did they get the pin numbers? The card itself doesn't contain information on your secret PIN number and it sounds like a whole bunch of cards involved ... I guess a lot of spying by the ATMs where they set up the card readers.

Edited by Nisa, 2011-03-15 01:01:41.


#10 Bagwan

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Posted 2011-03-15 03:48:01

The alleged criminals look very relaxed. May this was just a 'misunderstanding'?

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Posted 2011-03-15 04:21:03



looks like thai atm are outdated and have serious security loopholes, if information from the skimmed uk cards is send to thailand.

Yes this sounds like a Thailand's fault ... farangs stealing ATM info from other farangs then using ATMs in Thailand where they got busted.

How are those rose-tinted glasses doing, Nisa? Still working pretty well by the sound of it.

But don't worry - in a couple of years they'll go amazingly clear.


Nothing 'rose tinted' at all, it's not because Thai atms are out of date, this is a huge problem everywhere. Google atm skimmer to find loads of pictures of them

Here's an atm skimmer found in California, and they can get a lot more complex than this

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They can get your code through a camera or something like this that reads and records what buttons you press

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Beach resorts here are probably a good target for these people. Many people will be very drunk and going to atms late at night to get cash out and won't be paying attention if something looks a little weird.

Edited by DP25, 2011-03-15 04:21:40.


#12 mkawish

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Posted 2011-03-15 04:43:04


looks like thai atm are outdated and have serious security loopholes, if information from the skimmed uk cards is send to thailand.



Yes this sounds like a Thailand's fault ... farangs stealing ATM info from other farangs then using ATMs in Thailand where they got busted.



How can so many of us be so very wrong about something so very simple and fundamental....?

It is NOT Thailand's fault.... dear poster and readers....

It is the consumers' freaking fault.... not to exercise due diligent.... over their own personal properties.... when using them in public domain....

We really should look at our own behaviors first.... before trying so easily to blame someone else for our error and mistake....

Hope you get my point.... :huh:

#13 dananderson

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Posted 2011-03-15 05:00:52



looks like thai atm are outdated and have serious security loopholes, if information from the skimmed uk cards is send to thailand.



Yes this sounds like a Thailand's fault ... farangs stealing ATM info from other farangs then using ATMs in Thailand where they got busted.



How can so many of us be so very wrong about something so very simple and fundamental....?

It is NOT Thailand's fault.... dear poster and readers....

It is the consumers' freaking fault.... not to exercise due diligent.... over their own personal properties.... when using them in public domain....

We really should look at our own behaviors first.... before trying so easily to blame someone else for our error and mistake....

Hope you get my point.... :huh:


do mot get your point. In most places you can use an atm without going online first to check the scams. What ciuntry are you from that this is normal?

#14 mkawish

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Posted 2011-03-15 05:25:56




looks like thai atm are outdated and have serious security loopholes, if information from the skimmed uk cards is send to thailand.

Yes this sounds like a Thailand's fault ... farangs stealing ATM info from other farangs then using ATMs in Thailand where they got busted.

How are those rose-tinted glasses doing, Nisa? Still working pretty well by the sound of it.

But don't worry - in a couple of years they'll go amazingly clear.


Nothing 'rose tinted' at all, it's not because Thai atms are out of date, this is a huge problem everywhere. Google atm skimmer to find loads of pictures of them

Here's an atm skimmer found in California, and they can get a lot more complex than this

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They can get your code through a camera or something like this that reads and records what buttons you press

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Beach resorts here are probably a good target for these people. Many people will be very drunk and going to atms late at night to get cash out and won't be paying attention if something looks a little weird.


Thx for the pix. They help many to understand how the device actually works....

So we all ought to protect our own cards and money and properties.... so others can not steal anything from us.

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Posted 2011-03-15 08:26:58

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They can get your code through a camera or something like this that reads and records what buttons you press

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Beach resorts here are probably a good target for these people. Many people will be very drunk and going to atms late at night to get cash out and won't be paying attention if something looks a little weird.
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Thx for the pix. They help many to understand how the device actually works....

So we all ought to protect our own cards and money and properties.... so others can not steal anything from us.
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With a little bit of advance planning I actually only use ATM's that are inside banks. Most of those are under surveillance by guards and therefore scammers have view possibilities to install their devices.

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Posted 2011-03-15 08:31:21

I just hope these people go to a Wonderful Thai prison for a long time and have cockroaches nibbling at their ears at night. instead of Patong;s Bar girls. Worse than drug dealers.

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Posted 2011-03-15 08:32:00

I think some of you missed the part where the card numbers were stolen in the UK, not Thailand.

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Posted 2011-03-15 08:42:04

Nothing 'rose tinted' at all, it's not because Thai atms are out of date, this is a huge problem everywhere. Google atm skimmer to find loads of pictures of them

Here's an atm skimmer found in California, and they can get a lot more complex than this

Posted Image

They can get your code through a camera or something like this that reads and records what buttons you press

Posted Image

Beach resorts here are probably a good target for these people. Many people will be very drunk and going to atms late at night to get cash out and won't be paying attention if something looks a little weird.

this thread is very informative............ gonna be a lot helpful................................thanks

Edited by dunkin2012, 2011-03-15 08:49:20.


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Posted 2011-03-15 08:42:12

Sorry to disappoint all you Thai bashers:

"The complaints from London and the bank reported that ATMs in the UK were fitted with devices to record account information to a USB drive.

The USB drive was then brought to Thailand, where the account information was transferred onto blank ATM cards, after which money was withdrawn from the accounts using local ATMs, Maj Gen Panya explained."

Should read before commenting ...

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Posted 2011-03-15 08:55:35

Sorry to disappoint all you Thai bashers:

"The complaints from London and the bank reported that ATMs in the UK were fitted with devices to record account information to a USB drive.

The USB drive was then brought to Thailand, where the account information was transferred onto blank ATM cards, after which money was withdrawn from the accounts using local ATMs, Maj Gen Panya explained."

Should read before commenting ...


Why Thailand dude? I am curious to know from these guys. Why not Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines or where else? Is it Because the legal system is to weak? Or Thailand is a heaven for these crooks.

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Posted 2011-03-15 09:03:21


Sorry to disappoint all you Thai bashers:

"The complaints from London and the bank reported that ATMs in the UK were fitted with devices to record account information to a USB drive.

The USB drive was then brought to Thailand, where the account information was transferred onto blank ATM cards, after which money was withdrawn from the accounts using local ATMs, Maj Gen Panya explained."

Should read before commenting ...


Why Thailand dude? I am curious to know from these guys. Why not Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines or where else? Is it Because the legal system is to weak? Or Thailand is a heaven for these crooks.


It is because they wanted to have a vacation here.

Sometimes your bashers are really pathetic.

#22 cowboydog

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Posted 2011-03-15 09:05:10


Sorry to disappoint all you Thai bashers:

"The complaints from London and the bank reported that ATMs in the UK were fitted with devices to record account information to a USB drive.

The USB drive was then brought to Thailand, where the account information was transferred onto blank ATM cards, after which money was withdrawn from the accounts using local ATMs, Maj Gen Panya explained."

Should read before commenting ...


Why Thailand dude? I am curious to know from these guys. Why not Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines or where else? Is it Because the legal system is to weak? Or Thailand is a heaven for these crooks.


dude don't you mean a haven ? when given the choice of a free holiday in above said countries I know which I would choose

#23 Greenside

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Posted 2011-03-15 09:09:31




looks like thai atm are outdated and have serious security loopholes, if information from the skimmed uk cards is send to thailand.

Yes this sounds like a Thailand's fault ... farangs stealing ATM info from other farangs then using ATMs in Thailand where they got busted.

How are those rose-tinted glasses doing, Nisa? Still working pretty well by the sound of it.

But don't worry - in a couple of years they'll go amazingly clear.


Nothing 'rose tinted' at all, it's not because Thai atms are out of date, this is a huge problem everywhere. Google atm skimmer to find loads of pictures of them

Here's an atm skimmer found in California, and they can get a lot more complex than this

Posted Image

They can get your code through a camera or something like this that reads and records what buttons you press

Posted Image

Beach resorts here are probably a good target for these people. Many people will be very drunk and going to atms late at night to get cash out and won't be paying attention if something looks a little weird.


These capture devices are very sophisticated. I consider myself very vigilant and always take a look at the slot (although never the keyboard until now) and I think you'd be lucky to spot one like this if the ATM was in a poorly lit position or with a line of impatient people behind you. All the examples I've seen before have been more obvious.

#24 Bakseedaa

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Posted 2011-03-15 09:10:31


Sorry to disappoint all you Thai bashers:

"The complaints from London and the bank reported that ATMs in the UK were fitted with devices to record account information to a USB drive.

The USB drive was then brought to Thailand, where the account information was transferred onto blank ATM cards, after which money was withdrawn from the accounts using local ATMs, Maj Gen Panya explained."

Should read before commenting ...


Why Thailand dude? I am curious to know from these guys. Why not Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines or where else? Is it Because the legal system is to weak? Or Thailand is a heaven for these crooks.


Because of the beautiful girls here, its the best place to spend their ill-gotten gains.... and spending a lot of cash moneys here does not raise eyebrows, only lowers morals..!!

#25 Bakseedaa

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Posted 2011-03-15 09:13:19

And the four Romanians names are back to front.. in the report..





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