CHIANGRAI TIMES – Police have announced the arrest of three people accused of skimming information off ATM cards and then transferring money out of their victims’ accounts and into accounts held by two accomplices in Taiwan.
Tourist Police commander Adisorn Ngamjitsuksri was accompanied by a team of Taiwanese police officers when he announced the arrests at a press briefing at the Central Investigation Bureau on Friday.
Pol Maj Gen Adisorn said two of the suspects, Pongdech Kalaya, 24, and Nittaya Somboon, 21, were nabbed in Chiang Rai and a third suspect, Thanapol Yenmanas, 35, was caught in Suphan Buri.
Police also seized 31 bank account books, six ATM cards and four cell phones.
Earlier this month, police received complaints from a number of people that their ATM cards had been skimmed and large amounts of transferred out of their accounts.
Pol Maj Gen Adisorn said the three suspects arrested in Thailand used a skimmer to steal ATM pins and cardholder information. The information was later sent over the internet to a couple living in Taiwan, Dolawan Shen and Shen Chia Ching.
The couple was arrested by Taiwanese police while attempting to leave Taiwan, he said.
They were charged with money laundering. More than 10 million baht had been transferred into their bank accounts, the Tourist Police chief added.