Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Special Team of the national and regional police has arrested 13 suspects in money theft through hacked banks` automatic teller machines (ATM), a police spokesman said.
National Police Spokesman Insp. Gen. Edward Aritonang said here on Saturday that the suspects were arrested in Bali, Kalimantan and Medan (North Sumatra).
"They are arrested in Bali, Kalimantan and Medan. There were 13 suspects," he said.
Police also confiscated evidence such as duplicators, ATM cards, stickers, personal identification numbers (PIN), bank account numbers, computers and a certain amount of money.
Based on questioning it was known that the suspects had used four modus operandis in stealing bank customers` money at large banks` ATMs.
In their modus operandi, the suspects installed a skimming device into the ATM slots to copy information stored on the magnetic strip of customers` cards and a spy camera to detect their PINs.
Besides, they also designed something in the ATM slot so that it would cause customers` cards to be stuck when they were inserted. In this case, they put a fake hot-line sticker for customers` complaints that enable them to act as they were from banks` customer services and asked the customers identity and PINs.
The third modus operandi was that the suspects installed tweezers to squeeze customers` cards and placed bogus operators to help remove the squeezed cards stole the customers cards` information.
The fourth modus operandi was that the suspects copied information on the cards, including their PINs and then sold them Rp1 million for each data to ATM hackers.
Edward said that police had up to Saturday received reports money theft from 36 bank customers which were scattered in Bali, Kalimantan and Jakarta.
They were customers of national banks such as Bank Mandiri, Bank Central Asia (BCA), Bank BNI, Bank BII and BRI.
Previously, some bank customers in Bali have reported that their money has been stolen by ATM hackers. They installed ATM skimming devices and spy cameras to steal information stored on the magnetic strip of customers` ATM cards and duplicated them to rob customers accounts.
Bank Indonesia said that the potential losses in the ATM scams of at least four national banks could reach Rp5 billion.(*)
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