A citizen has been arrested in Bangkok on charges of using fake credit cards. F. and S. was arrested on Friday.
The arrest followed a complaint from the Bank about the suspected use of fake credit cards at locations on Chaeng Watthana Road in Nonthaburi province.
Police found 60 cards in the suspect’s room. The Bank that filed the complaint that 28 of the seized cards contained illegally obtained data of other Chinese cardholders.
Police also found a credit card skimmer and a laptop in the room.
Paul Col Padol said the suspect confessed to the crime and that investigators are also looking for accomplices.
In an arrest, Bangkok police also arrested an Indonesian couple for alleged credit card fraud.
Alexander Eddilias, 32, and esty Rusdiana, 33, were found to have counterfeit credit cards, stolen credit cards and a credit card skimmer used to steal credit card information.
The arrest came after several banks reported transactions made using their credit cards to police. The pair were traced to a room in Bangkok’s Pratunam district.Police also seized a computer, a skimmer, twenty-two fake bank cards, two stolen credit cards and twenty-four credit receipts.
The suspects say they bought information on the dark web. The information was then recorded on a magnetic strip of fake cards. Fake credit cards were also used to make purchases worth about 2 million baht.
Identity theft in Asia
In Thailand, barely a Week goes by without a gang of ATM skimmers being caught with cloned cards.
The problem of identity theft in Asia is on the rise — and it’s not just for travelers. People in many Asian countries have cited identity theft as one of their top fears, even higher on the list of problems than terrorism.
There’s never a good time to be a victim. But travelers have much more difficulty sorting out compromised credit cards or stolen IDs while away from home. Making international calls and recovering compromised accounts is a stress you don’t need on the trip. Minimizing risk is the key to prevention.
While completely eliminating the risk of identity theft in Asia will require very inconvenient ways to travel (like carrying all the cash, not using the Internet, etc.), a little vigilance is essential to increase protection.