Latvian Citizen Nabbed over Multiple Card Skimming Cases

20 May 2022 20:59 WIB

Credit card skimming illustration. WXYZ.com

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Metro Jaya Police recently uncovered a card skimming scheme committed by a Latvian citizen amidst its investigation of a money theft case. The suspect is identified as RM (46), who preys on bank customers in West and South Jakarta.

According to Metro Jaya Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Endra Zulpan, the suspect had skimmed the cards of dozens of victims from April to May this year. 

“The victims varied from national and private banks in Indonesia,” Zulpan said in a press conference on May 20. 

According to Zulpan, the perpetrator committed the crimes by swiping empty cards into ATM machines meant to accommodate customer electronic data. The perpetrator would then transfer the customer's data to a laptop with the proton application installed.

"After the customer data and information are accessed with a loaded card via the bank's ATM to another bank account under orders from their leader via Telegram,” he explained. 

The suspect was apprehended in the area of Depok on Wednesday, May 18, and now faces multiple criminal charges and prison time exceeding 20 years.

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