Credit card data stolen by cashier at big department store passed onto farang ATM skimmers
BANGKOK: — Police are hunting cashier staff at a “big department store” who stole customer credit card data and passed it on to a gang of foreign thieves. Losses are in the region of 10 million baht in just eight days.
The cashier used a skimmer machine to read credit cards when customers were buying goods reported Thairath. Police said they found a moment when customers were distracted to secretly process their cards.
The information was then passed on to gang members who made fake cards using them to buy expensive items such as watches, phones and designer bags.
Two of the gang members from Belorussia were paraded for the press yesterday but there are expected to be others. Bekasau Vadzim, 30, and Bekau Aliaksandr, 23, arrived in Thailand on the 8th of June and had already stolen 10 million baht of goods, said police. They were arrested at a room in Phra Athit Road, Huay Kwang, where 400 fake cards, a skimmer machine and a computer notebook were also taken into evidence.
Natthathorn Phrosunthorn of the Immigration police said that the skimmer machine was used to read data at the counter of a big department store and that the cashier is part of the gang. He said: “The cashier would secretly get the data from the customer when they were not looking then send the information to the suspects who would enter it on fake cards to buy merchandise.”
Neither the name of the store or how many staff are involved was mentioned though police said there are many other gang members including Thais and investigations are ongoing. The arrests follow complaints from a Thai bank that a team was operating. All the victims who had money stolen from their cards are said to be Thai.