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Europol arrests Romanian group on ATM skimming operation

European Union’s law enforcement agency, Europol along with Italy's military, Carabinieri arrested 16 Romanian nationals who were operat...


European Union’s law enforcement agency, Europol along with Italy's military, Carabinieri arrested 16 Romanian nationals who were operating a massive ATM skimming operation in three EU countries.

Authorities seized micro camera bars, card readers, magnetic strip readers and writers, computers, phones, flash drives, and plastic cards ready to be formed into credit card clones from individuals arrested from across Italy.

The group installed ATM skimming devices on cash machines across Italy, Denmark, and the UK. Later, the group collected credit card data from these devices, crafted cloned payment cards and pass them off to partners in Belize and Indonesia who made fraudulent transactions and emptied the victim’s accounts.

The money was later split across group members.

The damaged incurred by this criminal group’s activity is estimated at EUR 1.2 million ($1.35 million) in the past.

Officials started its investigation on the group in 2014 when they first came to know about it.

This isn’t the first time when group of Romanian nationals have been caught operating ATM skimming 
operations. In the past, many such activities have taken place.

However, intelligence agencies and security officials have been trying to make payment transactions safer for 
customers throughout Europe and elsewhere.

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