Police Arrest Swede and Filipino for 10m Baht Fake Credit Card Scam
Aug 26, 2014
CityNews - Two men, a Swede and a Filipino, were arrested in Chiang Mai yesterday after allegedly stealing an estimated 10 million baht over three years using fake ATM cards.
Per Johan Robin Bentley, 29, and Martin Philip Javellana Magno, 31, were nabbed after allegedly using fake credit cards to buy goods at the Tesco Lotus Kham Tiang branch, reports said.
They had dozens of fake cards on them and police subsequently found about 500 in their hotel room, along with an ATM skimmer, two spy cameras and other equipment for forging the cards. Most used data from credit cards issued abroad.
Police said they launched an investigation and tracked the pair for several days after being informed by Kasikorn Bank staff that someone was using bogus cards with stolen customer numbers to withdraw money from ATMs in the city.
The pair, who arrived in Thailand three years ago, reportedly confessed to robbing ATMs in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Hat Yai as well. They previously worked in South Korea and the Philippines, and Bentley said most of the equipment was bought from China. Police believe there are Thai members of the gang who remain at large, and investigations are continuing.