MANILA (UPDATED) – Two Bulgarians were arrested after they were caught installing a skimming device on an automated teller machine (ATM) in a shopping mall in Mexico, Pampanga, police said Monday.
The suspects were caught by a security guard installing the device at an ATM inside the mall, according to Central Luzon police regional director Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta.
The suspects were arrested by the members of Mexico town police.
They were identified as Lyuben Georgiev Kanev and Emil Stoyanov Mladenov.
A skimming device can copy details like an ATM card number and its personal identification number (PIN), which can be used to clone ATM cards.
Based on their travel documents, Kanev has been in the country for two months as a tourist, while Mladenov arrived only this month.
They are facing charges for violating Republic Act 8484 (Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998) and Republic Act 8792 (Electronic Commerce Act of 2000).
Petrasanta said Pampanga authorities are now coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration and the Embassy of Bulgaria in the Philippines regarding the arrest.
Last February, an Italian was also arrested after he was caught installing a skimming device on an ATM machine in Balibago, Angeles City. – report from Jay Pelayo, dzMM, and Trisha Mostoles, ABS-CBN News Pampanga