CSO Alerts: Fraud Investigation Unit at BAHL Busts Chinese Gang

KARACHI: The Fraud Investigation Unit of Bank Al Habib Limited (FIU BAHL), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Cyber Crime Circle Karachi on Saturday busted a Chinese gang involved in attaching automated teller machines (ATMs) skimming devices along with pinhole camera panel with ATM(s).

The accused illegally captured data and transmitted it to foreign countries for execution of cash withdrawal. They have been mounting skimming devices along with pinhole camera panels on the ATMs, especially after business hours and on public holidays.

FIU-BAHL with the collaboration of FIA apprehended the ring leader and members, identified as Zhong Xianming and Zhong Xianquan, when they were removing the skimming device and pinhole camera panel from BAHL, Chartered Accountant Avenue Branch Karachi.

A first information report has been registered under Section 3, 4, 13, 14 of PECA 2016 read r/w 420 and 109 Pakistan Penal Code. A laptop, fake cards, imported double tape roles and hard disks carrying data have been seized.

It is advised to block cards, which were charged at BAHL-ATM ID-0263 from February 16 to March 10. However, the bank is in process of retrieving more details with the help of FIA.

Snapshots of the arrested men and the seized devices have been kept for reviewing. Special vigilant attention needs to be set for ATM(s) having model NCR Self Serv 22 and NCR Self Serv 22 E, while start reviewing CCTV recordings of ATM rooms to detect any suspicion, which leads towards installation of skimming device and pinhole camera panel on the ATM(s).