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Arrests made in Bali over ATM scandal DENPASAR - Police in Bali and Jakarta have made a number of arrests in a scam that has fleeced larges sums of money from the bank accounts of people who used ATMs in Bali. The well-organized and sophisticated criminals reportedly installed an additional fake slot on an ATM Machine together with a small CCTV camera that recorded the password entered by the ATM customer.

Armed with the stolen magnetic strip information and the "secret" password the thieves were able to visit the bank accounts and steal funds now estimated to total Rp. 2 billion (150,000 euro) from some 200 separate accounts.

The 200 customers who have reported lost funds were customers of the following banks: Bank Central Asia (BCA), Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Permata, Bank International and Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI).

Police have indicated that the fraud may have involved people living in Russia, Canada and Australia. It is not clear how many ATMs were used in the fraud or if the case originates from a single machine shared by customers of the aforementioned banks.

In order to prevent widespread panic among banking customers, Bank Indonesia coordinated a meeting between the news media and Bali banks on Thursday, January 21, 2010. At that meeting, the high tech modus operandi of the ATM thieves was explained to the press, a method which may have included hidden surveillance cameras that captured the passwords of bank customers.

A Bank Central Asia (BCA) and Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) representative attending the meeting said that it will take between 10-14 working days to reimburse the loss of their customers affected by the scam.


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Posted in Crime @ 25 January 2010 06:17 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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