REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Investigators of the Jakarta Regional Police revealed a network responsible for an ATM skimming scam involving Romanians, Hungarians, and an Indonesian hacking into 64 banks in several countries. "Banks abroad have also become the target," Adjunct Commissioner Rovan Richard Mahenu of the General Criminal Investigation Directorate of the Jakarta Police stated in Jakarta on Friday.
Mahenu noted that the perpetrators hacked into the accounts of customers of 64 banks in the world, comprising 13 domestic banks and 51 foreign banks.
Mahenu remarked that perpetrators of the skimming racket were part of an international network that commits crimes in these countries.
Earlier, members of the Jakarta Regional Police had arrested the perpetrators comprising three Romanian citizens, a Hungarian, and an Indonesian citizen for allegedly siphoning off money from Bank BRI customers using a skimming mode.
The five perpetrators were Caitanovici Andrean Stepan, Raul Kalai alias Lucian Meagu, Ionel Robert Lupu, Ferenc Hugyec, and an Indonesian citizen Milah Karmilah.
The officers arrested the perpetrators from De Park Cluster, Kayu Putih Block AB 6 No. 3 Serpong, Tangerang, Banten; Bohemia Village 1 No. 57, Serpong, Tangerang; Grand Serpong Hotel, Tangerang; and Hotel De Max Central, Lombok West Nusa, Tenggara.
The police confiscated various skimming tools, such as deep-skimmers, encoders, and three units of spycam, used to steal bank customers' data.
Based on temporary inspection, the syndicate that siphoned off clients' account balance had been operating since July 2017.
The suspects targeted bank customers by installing a deep-skimmer tool in ATM machines in areas of Jakarta, Bandung, Tangerang, Yogyakarta, and Denpasar in Bali.