Vietnam probes Russian, Ukranians for using fake ATM cards

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City have detained a Russian man and two Ukrainians for investigations into suspicions that they withdrew at least US$33,000 from local ATMs using fake cards.

The 32-year-old Ukrainian Bilokonov Vitalli, 32, was arrested Friday and he gave up his accomplice Livinow Ruslan, 37, who was arrested later at their hotel room.

Staff at the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) said they noticed abnormal signs at an ATM booth on Vo Van Tan Street when Vitalli withdrew a large sum of money.

They informed the police and together confirmed that his three ATM cards were fake.

Police seized VND16 million from Vitalli and found VND340 at his hotel, together with 114 more fake cards and a journal of their crimes.

Kokoulin Oleg, the 28-year-old Russian, was arrested a day ealier when trying to withdraw money from the same ATM booth.

He had managed to steal at least around US$16,000 from local booths until one kept rejecting his cards and caught the attention of the bank's ATM center.

The guards brought Oleg to a police station and the bank staff identified his cards as fake.

Police found 22 different ATM cards on his person and VND113 million which he said he withdrew with the cards during the day.

Police checked his hotel room in the city found a further VND230 million in ill-gotten money.

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