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New protections for 30,000 ATMs in Thailand

New protections for 30,000 ATMs in Thailand

More than 30,000 automated teller machines in Thailand will be revamped to prevent criminal gangs from stealing bank account information amid a surge in thefts, news reports said Wednesday.
Phol Thanachote, chairman of the Automated Teller Machines' Business Community, said that special stickers will be affixed to the revamped machines to show they are safe for use, The Nation newspaper reported. The report did not say how the machines were being altered to make them less theft-prone.
The community, which operates ATMs for banks in Thailand, said it was struggling to keep pace with the new technology used by criminals to copy bank account information from ATM cards.
Phol could not be reached for additional comment.
A Malaysian was arrested earlier this week for allegedly running a crime ring that stole more than 3 million baht (US$83,000) by attaching skimming devices to ATM machines in the province of Chumphon, 240 miles (380 kilometers) south of the capital, Bangkok.
The man confessed to police that his gang had altered ATMs by attaching fake keypads, tiny cameras and card readers placed over the machine's card slot to record a bank card's magnetic strip and PIN number.
Police say that ATM scams have resulted in theft of about 50 million baht ($1.4 million) in the past five months from provinces outside the capital, including popular beach destinations like Krabi and Trang in southern Thailand.


Updated : 2021-02-26 23:35 GMT+08:00