Bulgarian, Australian arrested for alleged ATM scam
Ni Komang Erviani
The Jakarta Post
Klungkung Police have arrested two foreigners for their alleged involvement in data skimming. The men were arrested on Monday after for allegedly skimming data at three ATMs on Nusa Lembongan, which is an island off Bali.
Bulgarian national Ivan Hristov Stanchev, 44, and Australian citizen Plamen Nikolovpandov, 46, were arrested at Bobo Bungalow in Jungutbatu village, Nusa Lembongan, where they were staying.
Police also seized several pieces of evidence. “All the equipment seized was allegedly used for skimming data from ATMs,” Klungkung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Bambang Tertianto said on Tuesday.
Bambang added that the arrests were made after the suspects’ behavior aroused the suspicion of a police team. “They refused to show their passports to a receptionist at a homestay that they first wanted to check in. They moved to another place the next day,” he said, adding the police also involved the Indonesian Military (TNI) in their investigation.
The Klungkung Police display evidence confiscated from two foreigners allegedly committing ATM data scamming in Klungkung, Bali, on July 9. p (JP/File)
During their search, the police also found an axe in their bag. “So, we may also charge them with Emergency Law No. 12/1951 on illegal sharp weapon possession,” Bambang added.
Nusa Penida Police chief Comr. I Ketut Suastika said the two suspects had allegedly skimmed data from at least three ATMs in Nusa Lembongan, which are owned by state lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI).
"We suspect that they allegedly recorded data from the ATMs and stored it on an external hard drive," Suastika said. (ebf)
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