Around 50 persons and firms involved in ATM card forgery, Ukrainian citizen Mazurek tells police

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Dhaka, Mar 1: Piotr Szcdepan Mazurek, a Ukrainian citizen also one of the prime suspects of ATM card fraudulence, told detective police that around 50 people and firms were involved in the ATM card forgery activities.

The arrested Ukraine citizen, who is now under police remand, had disclosed the names of the persons and firms who are involved in ATM card forgery, police said on Tuesday.

The law enforcing agencies are now verifying the information that given by Piotr, police added.

“Police had already visited several firms and interrogated people following the statement of Piotr Szcdepan Mazurek,” Monirul Islam, the head of counter-terrorism and transnational crimes unit of DMP, told reporters at a press briefing.

Earlier, police arrested Mazurek and three City Bank officials – Moksed Ali Maksud, Rezaul Karim Shahin and Refat Ahmed Rony – for their suspected involvement in the fraud.

The ATM card frauds had installed devices and video cameras at six booths of United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL), Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) and City Bank Limited to steal client information.

Altogether 1,200 transactions had taken place after the devices were installed. As many as 40 bankcards were cloned to withdraw Tk 2 million, according to media reports citing police sources.

The EBL had identified 24 defrauded clients and paid them back, while City Bank filed a complaint with police over the ATM fraud.

In a separate complaint filed with police on February 14, the UCBL said CCTV camera footage had revealed a foreigner installing, at an ATM, a skimming device meant to steal account information.