Bangkok — Police in Thailand are tracking a Malaysian gang believed to be behind the latest ATM skimming of the bank accounts of 13 Bangkok residents in which 700,000 baht (US$22,000) was stolen, the second such theft in the city this month, say reports.
The other incident was on November 7 in which 1.3 million baht (US$41,000) was stolen from the accounts of 78 people who used a Bangkok Bank ATM machine on Witthayu Road. Police say they have traced those withdrawals to the Ukraine.
It is believed the hackers hide a tiny camera over the keypad of the ATM machine to record the PIN and install a slim skimmer on the keyboard to record the account information, which they then copy onto a fake card used to steal the money from another ATM machine.
Pol Col Sathit said there are two groups of hackers operating in Thailand, one based in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union countries, and the other based in Malaysia.
“European gangs use Thailand as a base to withdraw money after skimming the ATM cards of Europeans, but they also hack Thais too, as in this case,” he said on a TV program Thursday.
In this latest case, it is suspected the thieves targeted an ATM owned by the Thai Military Bank (TMB) at CP Tower 3 in Ratchathewi district of Bangkok, said reports.
Police have traced those withdrawals from ATMs in Thailand’s southern provinces, and said the scam suspects are likely either Thai or Malaysian nationals.
The banks fully compensate customers who have been victimized in such cases.