Police arrest five for alleged credit card fraud

Ali Naafiz, Haveeru Online
Sep 29, 2011 - 04:28 5 comments
  • The five suspects arrested by police for allegedly using forged debit and credit cards to steal from customers of several banks. PHOTO/ MALDIVES POLICE SERVICE

Police have arrested five Maldivians for allegedly using over 50 forged debit and credit cards to make transactions worth Rf700,000 in the Maldives that include withdrawing cash from ATMs and shopping using the forged cards.

MALE, September 29 (HNS) – Police have arrested five Maldivians for allegedly using forged debit and credit cards to steal from customers of several banks.

Police identified the five as 28-year-old Ali Ahmed of Machangoalhi Kandooge; 30-year-old Thoriq Jameel of Machangoalhi Naares; 30-year-old Abdul Ghanee Abdul Majeed of Narugismaage/Seenu atoll Maradhoo; 32-year-old Naseem Masood of Maafannu Tranquillity and Ahmed’s brother, Abdulla Akram, 22.

According to the police, the five had used over 50 cards from customers of Bank of Maldives (BML) and several other banks, including cards that used customers’ information from Australian, New Zealand and Canadian banks.

“They had the capacity to make any type of card. They also had the technology to convert any card into a credit or debit card by loading customers’ information to a card with magnetic strip,” Head of Fraud and Financial Crime Unit, Inspector Mohamed Riyaz said.

The five people made transactions worth Rf700,000 in the Maldives that include withdrawing cash from ATMs and shopping using the forged cards. The police also suspect the five of having made transactions abroad.

Police found a credit card generator, televisions, iPads and other expensive devices belonging to the alleged thieves.

The Maldives Police Service in collaboration with Sri Lankan police arrested Abdul Majeed and Thoriq Jameel from a casino called ‘Belly’ in Sri Lanka. Ahmed was arrested on arrival from India at the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.

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