ATM fraud: Lankan arrested at Brunei airport

Just minutes before boarding a plane to leave the country at Brunei International Airport, a Sri Lankan national was arrested by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) on the suspicion of using fraudulent ATM cards to withdraw cash from ATM machines in the capital by, the Daily Mirror reported.

On a report lodged by a bank on late Monday afternoon after their ATM machines were found to have retained counterfeit ATM cards, a swift action was taken by the Commercial Crime Investigation Division (CCID), RBPF press release stated.

Before the suspect’s cards were retained, he had successfully withdrawn cash from their ATM machines several times, the bank concerned had discovered.

Among the items seized by the CCID, there were a laptop, card writing device and several fraudulent ATM cards.

The suspect was produced at the courts on January 30 and charged under Section 474 with section 467 of the Penal Code Cap 22, for the possession of ATM cards and he was placed under two weeks remand for further investigation.

The RBPF urged the public to be vigilant when using ATMs and monitor their banking activities regularly for any suspicious transactions.

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