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Published: Thursday December 26, 2013 MYT 8:13:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 26, 2013 MYT 8:15:10 PM

Cops nab Polish man over installing ‘skimming device’ on ATM in mall

KUALA LUMPUR: Police arrested a Polish man after they found him installing a 'skimming device' on an ATM at a popular shopping mall here.

The device, which is used to scan the ATM card as it is being inserted and capture the PIN numbers pressed by an unsuspecting victim, was first discovered by a mall security personnel around 2.30pm on Nov 25.

A police report was lodged but no arrests were made.

However police got a break when a second device was spotted by a member of the public at another mall on Dec 18.

City Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Izany Abdul Ghany said police set up an ambush and waited for someone retrieve the device.

"We managed to apprehend the man, from Poland, when he tried to take the device," he said in a press conference at the city police headquarters on Thursday.

He said CCTV recordings also showed that the man installing the device earlier that day with the help of two other men.

"Once they have the information gathered from an ATM card, these syndicates would clone the ATM cards and withdraw the cash from overseas," he explained.

ACP Izany said initial investigation showed the man has been entering and leaving the country since early this year and has been active mainly in Kuala Lumpur.

Police are still checking how much was stolen by the man's syndicate.

The man has been remanded until Jan 6 and police are currently looking for his two accomplices.

Meanwhile, city police with the help of the city hall (DBKL) patrolled the streets on Thursday to remove 1,020 posters of unlicensed moneylenders.

ACP Izany said police also took down 231 phone numbers listed on the posters to be sent for further action by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

"From January to November this year, we have arrested 45 people for posting these posters and tore down 16,353 posters in the city," he said.


Tags / Keywords: Crime, Polish man, Skimming device, ATM


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