DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Bali Police arrested Bulgarian man involved in skimming cases, Tsvetanov Ivanov, 45, at an ATM of Pengosekan gas station, Gianyar on Tuesday, August 14, at 2:30 a.m.
During the arrest, the police seized a number of evidences, including a modified canopy containing a hidden camera, Rp. 4 million cash from skimming, screwdriver, flash disk, USB cable and two cellphones.
The search was then continued at the perpetrator’s house on Jalan Kerta Dalem Sari III, Gang Cemara No. 12B, Denpasar and seized one laptop, cash, two hard drives, 113 skimming cards and various types of sim cards.
Deputy of Bali Police Special Crime Unit AKBP Ruddi Setiawan said, the case was started from the investigation of a joint team consisting of the Cyber Crime Ditreskrimsus Unit along with the CTOC (Counter Transnational and Organized Crime) Task Force and Bank Mandiri Gianyar.
The modus operandi, he said, the perpetrator gets the data of another person’s bank account number by stealing it through an ATM machine that has a skimmer installed.
Then the perpetrator makes a modified keypad canopy containing a hidden camera to get the victim’s ATM pin.
“After getting the ATM pin, the perpetrator will enter the data into the computer. Finally, the customer’s money in the account will be lost starting from 2-10 million rupiah,” Ruddi Setiawan explained at the Bali Police Headquarters on Monday.
Ruddi explained that the perpetrators were in Bali for six months and often acted in the Ubud area.
“We are still studying this case, whether the perpetrators in the same network or not with the Bulgarian network that we have arrested before,” he explained.