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Monday, 18 December 2017 - 11:15
Three arrested for ATM skimming fraud
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Police have arrested 3 suspects who have used a skimming device to steal sensitive information from ATM cardholders.
 
They have acted as bank officials and have stolen the card information from unsuspected customers who come to ATMs to withdraw money.
 
After obtaining sensitive and secret information of cardholders, they have created cards similar to that of the original cards and have obtained money and goods using those fake cards.
 
Police said that the suspects have withdrawn money from ATMs of both the private and public banks in Matugama, Pelmadulla, Ratnapura, Baduraliya, Kahawatte, Dankotuwa, Marawila, Nattandiya, Pannala, Kochchikade, Gampola, and Nawalapitiya.
 
They have also bought goods from supermarkets in Matale and Matugama. 

The total value of money withdrawn and goods that were bought were around Rs. 700,000. 

However, police have still received only 3 complaints.

Based on the CCTV footage, one suspect was arrested in Chilaw on Friday (15) and later 2 more suspects were arrested on Saturday through the information provided by the 1st suspect.

Police also found a skimming device, an encoder, a laptop and 8 fake ATM cards from the suspects.  

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