Police in Hanoi have arrested a Ukraine man stealing money from Visa and MasterCard users through local ATMs, suspecting that he is a member of a criminal organization.
A team of officers last Friday received tip-offs about a foreigner using different credit cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in the downtown area.
They caught Asadchikh Serhiy, 30, in the act, local media reported.
He was carrying VND52.8 million (US$2,430), 60 cards with magnetic strips and 18 withdrawal receipts. Police found another VND88 million ($4,040) in his hotel room.
Serhiy told the police that he came to Vietnam as a tourist and he found the cards inside a bag when walking around Hanoi last Thursday.
He said the bag contained 396 black cards with only the magnetic strips and no details. There was also a note listing the PIN numbers for the cards, he claimed.
He tried the cards and learned that he could withdraw money, Serhiy said.
A source from the police they suspected that Serhiy did not just find the cards by chance.
The police said they have gathered some evidence suggesting that he could be a member of a group stealing credit card information from around the world.
The gang would assign its members to work in different countries, and they would move to a new place after two to three days, he said.
Bank cards with magnetic strips are believed to be more susceptible to fraud and duplication, compared to those embedded with chips.