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 Post subject: 3 Sri Lankan Tamils arrested with 5,000 fake credit cards
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 5:25 pm 
Three Sri Lankans Tamils arrested in Phuket with 5,000 fake credit cards
Police bust fake credit card gang

About 2,300 of the fake cards had been encoded with genuine credit card data from England, he said, adding that if all 5,350 cards were being used the men could have withdrawn up to 400 million baht, the equivalent of $11 million.

@ BangkokPost.com, Agencies
Jan 7, 2007


Thai authorities have arrested three men from Sri Lanka and seized more than 5,000 apparently fake credit cards encoded with real data, police said Sunday.

The three men were identified as Gnanakanthan Sivagnanam, Weerasingham Srikanth and Ganesh Murthi.

The arrests were actually made last Tuesday in Phuket, after police received tipoffs that the Sri Lankans were acting suspiciously by repeatedly withdrawing small amounts of money at ATMs at banks on several Phuket beaches.

Pol Lt Col Boonlert Ongklang said officers seized 1,750 credit cards from the suspects' rental car, and later found thousands more at their hotel - a total of 5,350 cards.

About 2,300 of the fake cards had been encoded with genuine credit card data from England, he said, adding that if all 5,350 cards were being used the men could have withdrawn up to 400 million baht, the equivalent of $11 million.

"They smuggled codes from credit cards which were issued in England, not cards issued in Thailand," he said.

Boonlert said he believed that a gang in England was stealing credit card information there and feeding it to Thailand to be encoded on the fake cards, which were manufactured outside Thailand and brought in by members of the gang.

Two of the detained Sri Lankan men were regular visitors to Thailand, he said, while the third arrived from England on the day of his arrest.

The third man has dual nationality of Sri Lanka and England according to his travel documents.

All three were charged with making and using fake credit cards, and face a maximum of 15 years in jail.


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