SAMUT PRAKARN – Two Britons and a Taiwanese citizen were arrested yesterday on charges of using fake electronics debit cards to withdraw at least Bt100 million from ATM machines in the capital.
Panu Keudlappol, commissioner of Thailand’s Immigration Bureau, said two Britons, identified as Robin John Faulkner and David Andersen Evans, and one Taiwanese, Fang Keng-nien, were nabbed with 332 counterfeit ATM cards, Bt760,900 cash withdrawn from ATM machines, a credit card skimmer and a passport.
Commercial banks informed police that the group had used the fake ATM cards to withdraw cash from ATM machines, worth over Bt100 million, at several banks in Bangkok’s suburban area of Bang Na and adjacent Samut Prakarn province.
Police arrested the two suspects who were wearing motorcycle helmets as they arrived at an ATM machine in Soi La Salle 10 on a motorcycle to withdraw cash. Police searched the pair and found many ATM cards.
Police later apprehended the Taiwanese suspect while he was withdrawing money at an ATM machine in Soi La Salle 28. A search of his residence found a credit card skimmer and a small camera to take snapshots of code numbers of credit cards – MCOT