Credit card syndicates target other airports


  • Nation
  • Monday, 12 May 2003

BY NELSON BENJAMIN AND BEH YUEN HUI

SEPANG: Local fake credit card syndicates are moving to other airports in the country following the heightened security at the KL International Airport (KLIA) after the seizure of 1,000 forged cards from a man recently. 

The new modus operandi came to light, when two members of a syndicate used fake cards to purchase RM50,000 worth of goods at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. 

The two men, aged 21 and 48, were said to have purchased bird nests and jewellery from duty free shops in the airport before boarding a flight to KLIA on Saturday. 

Police, acting on a tip-off, arrested the men upon their arrival at the KLIA at 2.30pm and found more than a dozen fake cards on them.  

Sources said the cards had a combined credit limit of RM200,000. 

It is believed police are now monitoring other airports in the country to track down the syndicate.  

A police officer confirmed the arrest but declined to elaborate. 

Police are also investigating whether the two suspects had links with the syndicate, which had “instructed” a 53-year-old man to deliver 1,000 fake credit cards to Britain. 

On May 2, Malaysia Airports Bhd personnel at KLIA detained the man, when they detected the fake credit cards while scanning his hand luggage.  

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