Paris police hold cash dispenser scam suspects

20th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 19 (AFP) - French police have arrested a gang of 10 Malaysians and four Chinese suspected of rigging automatic cash machines to steal customers' card information and PIN codes over the past three months, police said Sunday.

PARIS, June 19 (AFP) - French police have arrested a gang of 10 Malaysians and four Chinese suspected of rigging automatic cash machines to steal customers' card information and PIN codes over the past three months, police said Sunday.  

Officers swooped on 10 members of the gang Thursday as they watched three ATMs in Paris's ritzy 6th arrondissement they had surreptitiously fitted with card-reading equipment and miniature cameras. The other four were seized Saturday.  

According to French police, the gang made false credit cards from the information gleaned from their readers, while the cameras provided them with the PIN numbers.  

"The victim wouldn't realise what happened at the time they get their card back. That would only come later when they see withdrawals from their account, especially from countries where they had never been," one officer said.  

Investigators said more than 300 cards were believed to have been copied and their codes stolen. Some 30 false cards were found in apartments used by the suspects east of the French capital.  

The 14 were put under criminal investigation Saturday and were being kept in detention.  

A 28-year-old Malaysian man with a criminal record for counterfeiting cards and fraud admitted to recruiting the other members of the gang and training them, while a 40-year-old Malaysian man acted as a supervisor near the ATMs, according to police. 

© AFP

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