Update June 3, 2019

Dhaka 7-23 am, 17-May, 2021

Six foreigners detained in Dhaka for ATM fraud

Mirajul Moin Joy

A total of Tk 300,000 went missing from an ATM booth of Dutch-Bangla Bank in Dhaka’s Badda on Saturday morning but neither any transaction was recorded in the bank server nor any money was deducted from any customer’s account.

According to the closed circuit television (CCTV) camera footage, the bank authorities found two foreign nationals wearing masks, sunglasses and caps withdrew money from the Badda booth.

One of the foreign nationals was detained on Saturday night when he was trying to steal money from a DBBL ATM booth of Taltola, Khilgaon area. Police later detained five more foreigners for their involvement in the new kind of ATM fraud.

According to police, all the six detainees are citizens of Ukraine. They landed together in Dhaka on Thursday.

They are Dennis Vitomeski, 20, Nazari Vojnok, 19, Valentine Sokolovski, 37, Sergei Ukrainetz, 33, Shevchuk Oleg, 46, and Valodimir Trushiniski, 37.
However, a certain Vitaly Klimchuk, 31, could not be caught by police.

Police, however, recovered around 50 card-like objects, masks, caps, sunglasses, six mobile phones and one ipod.

Additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s detective branch (east), Shahidur Rahman, told Prothom Alo that the cards they used can disconnect the ATM booth from the central server of the bank.

“This is a new and unprecedented way of fraudulence and we’ve never seen such method of stealing,” he said.

Dutch-Bangla Bank officials are also in the dark over the new kind of ATM fraudulence. Earlier, ATM frauds used to clone clients’ cards to withdraw cash.

Managing director of Dutch-Bangla Bank, Abul Kashem Md Shirin, said to Prothom Alo, “They didn’t hack any client’s account. We don’t know yet how they managed to withdraw the money.”

“The clients have nothing to worry about. We’ll take steps to increase our security measures further,” he added.

Alarmed by DBBL ATM fraud, other banks have also become cautious.

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