Gang of three arrested, 1,778 forged ATM cards recovered

DUBAI - Three persons, including two Indians and a Malaysian national, have been arrested by Dubai Police and 1,778 forged ATM cards have been seized from them.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 19 Mar 2008, 8:38 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:47 PM

The arrested persons used to rewrite data - account and PINs of customers of banks in a European country - on the magnetic bar code of the cards.

According to information available, an employee of a national bank in the UAE, while feeding currency to the bank’s ATM machine in the Al Jafliya area, noticed that some frequent withdrawals had been made through ATM cards of foreign bank account numbers. A total sum of Dh26,000 had been withdrawn.

Immediately, the Criminal Investigation Department of Dubai Police was informed and a close watch was kept on the bank’s ATMs.

On February 2, 2008, one of the accused was nabbed while trying to withdraw money from an ATM machine. As many as 15 forged ATM cards were found in his possession.

On information provided by him, the CID team managed to arrest two of his associates. The Malaysian national is believed to be the mastermind of the racket.

The police have also seized a set of devices apparently used in the crime.

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