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Suspected skimmer gang members arrested in Phuket

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The two men are introduced to the press by Gen Pachara.

PHUKET: -- Two Belarussians were arrested in Rawai area yesterday (December 25) after allegedly stealing B100,000 from local ATM machines.

Today (December 26) Phuket Police Chief Maj Gen Pachara Boonyasit announced the arrest of the two men, Mikalai Romankou and Siarhei Bandarkou, both 35, who, he said, used phony ATM cards to make illegal cash withdrawals from many different ATM machines in Rawai.

The arrests came after Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) reported that it suspected the two men of using cloned cards to raid other people’s bank accounts.

An SCB representative said that bank records showed the suspects making a cash withdrawal from one ATM machine. They then took the cash to a Western Union desk where they had it cabled to an account in Belarus.

Police arrested the suspects yesterday at 5:30pm in the parking lot of the Rawai Beach Hotel. They seized eight fake ATM cards giving access to private bank accounts in Belarus.

Gen Pachara said that both suspects are already wanted in Bangkok for stealing B1 million in the same fashion.

The two men said they found the eight ATM cards in the toilets at Phuket International Airport, each with the PIN number written on the back. They decided to try them see if they worked.

The duo now face charges of fraud and possession of fake cards for criminal purposes.

If found guilty they face jail sentences of one to 10 years, and possibly also fines of up to B200,000.

An SCB spokesperson told The Phuket News that, as a precaution, all ATM cards for accounts in its branches in Rawai have been suspended. Account holders should take their cards, along with ID cards or passports, to any SCB branch to receive replacement cards.

She noted that the Rawai branches have now run out of replacement cards, but new ones can be obtained from any branch of the bank. The nearest to Rawai is at Chalong Circle.

Source: http://www.thephuketnews.com/suspected-skimmer-gang-members-arrested-in-phuket-50324.php

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-- Phuket News 2014-12-26

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Let's see if I understand this, 8 ATM cards in toliets from Belarussians citizens who threw their cards in a toliet at the airport while on holiday here? Then these 2 guys scam 1 million baht in Bangkok and set free? Now, they scam 100,000 baht and only now go to jail. So, in Thailand you must commit 2 crimes before going to jail correct?

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An example of what the EU will be in for if Ukraine ever becomes a member .

At least it's a step up from Rumanians lifting manhole covers from roads and copper wire from train signalling systems; a lot less harmful too.

Surely they should be made to show their faces.

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Let us hope, for those of us not in the Kingdom full time, that we find out on here that these scum spend a very lengthy time in a place in Thailand well known for not having luxury accommodation !!

Why do you think they come to Thailand to do their skimming,it's to do with the length of time in jail.

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There is some Scum out there. Rob the Bank not ordinary people with Bank accounts. An old fella I knew in Malaysia got one of those ATM card scam calls, poor old Sod lost 5000RM, which was pretty much all he had.

10 years please Your Honour

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Let's make it clear. These are not farang Russians, Belarus people and Ukranians, Romanians etc... are not farang. They have a complete different culture and mindset.

Let's not mix farang up with those people

They are farangs. Farangs are all people of European appearance.

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Let's see if I understand this, 8 ATM cards in toliets from Belarussians citizens who threw their cards in a toliet at the airport while on holiday here? Then these 2 guys scam 1 million baht in Bangkok and set free? Now, they scam 100,000 baht and only now go to jail. So, in Thailand you must commit 2 crimes before going to jail correct?

No, they were wanted in BKK for similar offences, they were never actually caught. Try reading the story next time!

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If found guilty they face jail sentences of one to 10 years, and possibly also fines of up to B200,000.

Or, instead of above max penalty they just get deported, blacklisted, and fined Bt20,000 or less. However, Thailand will probably see them back in a year under new passports with different names. Thailand is such a great place to vacation and work for criminals.

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