Romanians travelled to Spain to tamper with bank machines
Police investigating a masssive card cloning fraud say more arrests are pending in both Spain and Romania.
It follows the arrest of the leaders of an international organisation at Madrid airport. The two Romanian citizens were preparing to take a plane back to their country and were carrying 30 cards with magnetic stripe, notes with ATM measures and bank numbers, among other effects.
The investigation has had the collaboration of the police of Colombia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Romania, the latter locating a card cloning laboratory at the home of one of the investigated. It is called the skimming method used to steal bank card information by installing electronic devices at ATMs.
The investigations began in May 2019 when the agents became aware of the existence of a criminal organisation dedicated to the cloning of cards and the commission of scams that operated in various countries, including Spain. From that moment on, a joint investigation was initiated with the Judicial Police of Craiova (Romania).
Officers learned that in September the two alleged leaders of the organisation would travel to Spain with the aim of installing reading devices in ATMs. Once the data of the cards inserted in these ATMs were obtained, they would leave the country with the necessary information to clone the cards and extract the money.