Greek police hold foreigners over bankcard scam
5 French nationals are detained in Greece over suspicions of involvement in an bankcard fraud scam.
SALONIKA, Greece, Feb 5, 2007 (AFP) - Five French nationals and one Italian suspected of being part of a bank card fraud scam targeting British and French customers were detained here Monday, a legal source said.
The suspects, aged 21 to 35, were accused of fraud, deceit and being part of a criminal gang, the source said. Two of the suspects denied any involvement.
According to investigators the group, arrested on January 29 in Salonika, had used contacts in France and Britain to obtain card numbers and security codes taken from rigged cash machines.
The numbers were printed on to British telephone cards and then used to withdraw money. Police have so far traced withdrawals of 100,000 euros (129,000 dollars) carried out at one bank alone.
Experts think the group were professional fraudsters, who had been working in other countries.
Elsewhere police in Athens said Monday they had arrested a 26-year-old Romanian man suspected of being a member of an international gang of bank card fraudsters who have swindled up to 450,000 euros (582,000 dollars) in operations in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy.
Subject: French news, Bankcard scam, Greece