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Bulgarians Arrested for ATM Scam in Bali


Four Bulgarians have been arrested by the police for their alleged involvement in skimming bank card data at several ATMs in Denpasar, Bali.

Bali Police spokesperson Hengky Widjaja said the suspects, identified only as KDY, VRG, VKN and VVC, were arrested thanks to a coordinated operation involving Bali regional Police, the Special Criminal Investigation Unit, and local banks.

The investigation started when police found a suspicious tool at an ATM of state-owned bank BNI in The Shining Jewel restaurant on Jl. Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, Denpasar. They found a camera attached inside the cover of the keypad, and the CCTV camera in the ATM booth had been destroyed.

KDY and VRG were arrested on December 21 when they went back to the scene to change the keypad cover. The search continued at the Sanur residence of the suspects, where police seized more evidence in the form of a second cell phone and a laptop. They also found the third group member, known by the initials VKN.

Further developments led police to the rented house of the final suspect, VVC, where they found more cellphones and laptops thought to have been used in connection with cybercrime. The final group member was arrested on the scene.

Hengky said the suspects allegedly stole money from ATMs by recording people entering their PIN numbers after planting cameras in the keypad covers.

He did not mention the amount of stolen money.

“The suspects will be charged under the Electronic Information and Transactions Law,” Hengky said.

Source: Jakarta Post

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