Chinese men at centre of major Bahrain ATM fraud
Manama, March 17, 2014
Three Chinese men are allegedly at the centre of a major credit card fraud racket in Bahrain.
They allegedly stole private details of bank customers, who withdrew cash from ATM machines across Bahrain, and uploaded the information to forged credit cards, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
Prosecutors claim the men inserted a specially designed device into ATM machines, which read credit and debit card details, before a customer withdrew cash.
The defendants also allegedly attached a small camera, which was the size of a microchip, to the machines to record people's passwords.
They then travelled abroad and withdrew cash from the forged cards, according to Public Prosecution documents.
All three defendants were arrested after a Chinese man, who is a Bahrain resident, alerted police to the operation.
He told prosecutors the men tricked him into believing they were bankers based in China and were in Bahrain to check security procedures of the ATM machines.
He said the men approached him in a restaurant and asked him to show them around ATM machines in the country.
However, he told prosecutors he suspected them after he saw them waiting for customers to go inside the ATM rooms first.
Police confiscated 74 forged credit cards, 10 credit card chips, a laptop and other items used in crime.
Some of the victims told prosecutors money was withdrawn from their accounts from outside Bahrain.
All three suspects were remanded in police custody for 45 days yesterday pending their trial. - TradeArabia News Service