Phuket police arrest Bulgarian card skimmer

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A man from Bulgaria was arrested for fraud on Monday (Jan 18) when he was caught using cloned credit cards to withdraw cash from an ATM machine outside of a 7Eleven store in Karon. Police seized from the man a total of 130 cloned cards.

A shot of Tulumbadzhiev as he withdraws money from an ATM.

 

The arrest of the man, 31-year-old Boris Krasimirov Tulumbadzhiev, was announced at a press conference held today (Jan 20) by Phuket Provincial Police Chief Col Teeraphol Thipjareon today where Tulumbadzhiev was presented along with the 130 cloned cards, B10,000 cash, skimmer machine, transaction receipt from Kasikorn ATM and other seized items.

Col Teeraphol explained, “Phuket City Police’s Lt Col Prawit Engchuwn and a team from Kasikorn Bank help to make the arrest Tulumbadzhiev.

“A money laundering and fraud investigation started after Kasikorn Bank suspected a foreign man had been using cloned credit cards to withdraw cash from their ATM machines in Patong, Kamala, Cherng Talay area on Sunday (Jan 17),” he said.

“Tulumbadzhiev was arrested at 12:30pm on Monday at an ATM machine at a 7eleven in Karon after withdrawing B10,000 using one of the cloned cards.

“He had been followed to Karon by officers after he had also withdrawn money from an ATM at a Family Mart on Sirirat Rd in Patong. He then went back to his hotel room on Soi Nainai before going to Karon,” Col Teeraphol added.

He went on to say that police found that this is the second time Tulumbadzhiev had entered Thailand, the first being on Nov 5 via Suwannaphum. He left Nov 11 but returned again on Jan 11 via Phuket.

“We know that he committed fraud several times on Jan 17 and twice on Jan 18,” Col Teeraphol said.

“Officers were able to apprehend Tulumbadzhiev within 24 hour of hearing from Kasikor Bank which is very quick.

“Phuket is a tourist destination and 90 per cent of foreigners use cards to pay for their expenses so security is a priority,” he said.

Tulumbadzhiev is to be charged with fraud and possession of cloned cards for criminal purposes.