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Jakarta Post

Bulgarian arrested for card skimming in Bali

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Seminyak, Bali   /   Wed, July 10, 2019   /   04:04 pm
Bulgarian arrested for card skimming in Bali Bulgarian Krasimir Stoykov stands handcuffed at the Bali Police headquarters in Denpasar, Bali. (JP/Bali Police)


The police have apprehended a Bulgarian man, Krasimir Stoykov, 41, in Seminyak, Bali, for his alleged involvement in a card skimming case.

Bali Police general crime director Sr. Comr. Andi Fairan revealed Stoykov was nabbed on Tuesday morning at a Bank Mandiri ATM on Jl. Kunti, Seminyak. 

Andi Fairan said the suspect had allegedly put a device inside the ATM to scan customer data and a hidden camera was also attached in the PIN cover of the ATM.

"We arrested the suspect when he removed the hidden camera from the ATM," he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. 

He said the police started the investigation following a tip-off from Bank Mandiri that a skimming device had been attached in their ATM in a Bali supermarket.

Police detectives and a Bank Mandiri team then monitored the ATM. On Tuesday, at 5.47 a.m, the suspect arrived at the ATM on a motorbike to remove the device. 

The police waited for Stoykov to remove the tool and then arrested him. The suspect's act was recorded in the ATM's CCTV.

Andi Fairan said the police seized a router, flash disk, hidden camera, 26 cards, 1 memory card and Rp 990,000 ($US70) in cash.

 The suspect could face a maximum 6-year prison term and Rp 600 million fine as he is accused of violating Article 30 subsection 1 of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.

Earlier in December, four Bulgarians were arrested for ATM skimming while four other Bulgarians were nabbed in a similar case in April. They mostly targeted ATMs in tourist areas.