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Suspects used fake ATM cards to withdraw money

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Police authorities arrested two Romanian suspects in Taipei on April 30 for their alleged use of fake ATM cards to make withdrawals, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said.

The two foreign suspects are believed to be part of a Taiwan-based international criminal organization specializing in making fake ATM cards and targeting Taiwan to make withdrawals with these cards, the CIB said in a released statement.

The bureau said it has launched a probe into the alleged illicit activity after it received reports from several domestic banks of such criminal behavior last month.

According to the CIB, the criminal ring copied the debit card information of overseas customers to create fake ATM cards that can be used to make fraudulent withdrawals in Taiwan.

On April 30, the two Romanian suspects were found withdrawing money from three Citibank branches in Taipei using fake ATM cards. Bank clerks immediately informed the police of their suspicious behaviors.

Taipei police later arrested the two when they went to another bank to remit the money overseas. They were found with eight fake ATM cards and NT$670,000 in cash when arrested.

Police later found the two had withdrawn more than NT$2 million with the cards. The case is now being handled by Taipei District Prosecutors Office.

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