The cyber crime department of FIA, with the help of Bank Al-Habib Limited, has arrested Chinese gang involved in ATM skimming. The fraudsters were caught attaching skimming devices to the Pin Hole camera Panel on the ATMs in Karachi. The tools were caught under their possession.

The gang was capturing data from the ATMs and then they were sending the data to the foreign countries, this is confirmed by Syed Mustafa Ali Raza of Al-Habib Bank. He was one of the key persons

About the gang

This Chinese gang is named as Zhong Xianming and Zhong Xianquang. They have attempted the ATM skimming in various banks in China too. In Karachi, they were caught doing this at the Chartered Accountant avenue branch. The BAHL officials and FIA caught them red handed on the tip of customers.

Legal actions

A FIR has been registered by FIA under the section 3, 4, 13, 14 of PECA 2016 r/w 420 and 109 PPC. The gang members have been sent to Karachi jail for further legal actions.

Results of initial investigations

Initial investigations pointed out the technology that was under use of the gang. They had a laptop, a skimmer attached with NCR Self-serve ATM, a skimmer attached with Diebold ATM, imported double tape roles, fake-Counterfeit cards with data of different banks, external hard disks having ATM PIN capturing data and many other illegal tools.

The names of affected banks will be released soon by FIA.


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