3 Malaysians nabbed for ATM skimming

Posted at 04/29/2013 10:05 AM

Three Malaysian nationals were arrested after a security guard caught them placing a skimming device in an automated teller machine (ATM) inside a mall in Iloilo City on Saturday.

The suspects were identified as Tan Boon Foi, Ching Sen Jun and Chang Yong Siang from Penang, Malaysia. Their passports revealed that they arrived in the country last April 14.

Seized from the suspects was a bag containing a skimming device, passports, bankbooks, cellphones and cash amounting to P11,000.

The suspects refused to grant any interviews but they admitted that a certain “Peter” brought them to the country.

The three will be facing charges in violation of the Republic Act 8484 or the act regulating the issuance and use of access devices.

Authorities said they have yet to find out whether the three Malaysians are connected to an international syndicate.

- Umagang Kay Ganda, 29 April 2013