Chinese and Taiwanese Men Arrested in Pattaya for Alleged ATM Fraud

Pattaya —

A Chinese man and a Taiwanese man have been arrested in Pattaya for allegedly attempting to steal information from other people’s ATM cards.

Investigators from the Pattaya Police Station and Royal Thai Immigration raided a room on the sixth floor of a hotel (name withheld) on Soi Bungalow 999, Naklua sub-district, Banglamung district, Chonburi province, on September 28th.

They arrested two foreign men named Zhang Qiyu, a 28-year-old of Chinese nationality, and Chiu Yung-Sheng, a 41-year-old of Taiwanese nationality. The two suspects were apprehended under suspicion of attempting to steal other people’s ATM cards information with a skimmer.

According to the arresting police, they were informed by a bank in Pattaya that the bank’s maintenance team had discovered a skimming device attached to an ATM machine at the entrance of Pattaya Walking Street on September 25th.

This led Pattaya Police to review CCTV footage of the ATM machine, in which they found two suspicious men seemingly compromising the machine.

At the room of the two suspects, police found a skimmer, an ATM card maker, a computer, and six fake electronic cards.

The men were charged for counterfeiting electronic cards and producing devices for counterfeiting electronic cards. The maximum penalty for these offenses is up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to 140,000 baht, according to authorities.

Police placed the two men in custody. They noted that they haven’t seen this sort of sophisticated skimming crime in Pattaya for over 10 years.

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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.