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Jakarta Post

119 foreigners arrested for ATM skimming

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, October 20, 2015   /  06:03 pm
119 foreigners arrested for ATM skimming (Kompas/Heru Sri Kumoro) (Kompas/Heru Sri Kumoro)

(Kompas/Heru Sri Kumoro)

National Police'€™s detective corps (Bareskrim) have arrested 119 foreigners from Taiwan, Hong Kong and countries in Eastern Europe for committing alleged fraud through Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) skimming.

'€œTheir targets are foreigners living in Jakarta and Bali,'€ said Detective Corps chief Comr. Gen. Anang Iskandar, adding that the foreigners were arrested in a number of Indonesian cities.

ATM skimming is a type of fraud that occurs when an ATM is compromised by a skimming device, a card reader, which can be disguised to look like a part of the machine. The card reader saves the users' card number and pin code, which is then replicated in a counterfeit copy for theft.

Anang said that his office also cooperated with Interpol to arrests other suspects, who had run to other countries, including those in Bosnia.

'€œWe have handled the case. The suspects are foreigners and the victims are also foreigners. It is a big case. We handle it carefully,'€ said Anang as reported by on Tuesday.

According to Anang, the suspects are members of international crime groups that are well organized. (bbn)(++++)