A man who has been causing plenty people stress for weeks has been arrested. He is known as the ATM crook.
A Bulgarian national, 46, believed to be part of a ring of criminals involved in the multi-million dollar bank card ‘skimming’ fraud, perpetrated at ATMs across the country, was arrested on Thursday at a guest house in Maraval during an exercise by officers of the Fraud Squad.
According to reports, officers executed a search warrant at the guest house and detained the foreigner and after a search of a room booked in his name resulted in the seizure of US$168,000; an electronic device used to skim ATMs and a quantity of bank cards among other items.
The man was taken into custody and was being questioned at the Fraud Squad office in Port-of- Spain.
Police sources said the Bulgarian is believed to have entered the country at the end of October and linked up with local criminals involved in the ‘skimming’ operation in which devices are placed in ATMs which then ‘read’ the personal identification codes entered by persons wishing to withdraw money from their accounts via the ATMs.
The information is then transferred onto a dummy bank card which is then used to clean out the unsuspecting person’s bank account of funds. Police have sourced the services of an interpreter to assist in the interrogation process.