Bulgarians held for stealing money from ATMs, again

Police in Ho Chi Minh City are investigating a case in which two Bulgarian men stole money from ATMs with fake credit cards. This is the second case involving Bulgarians within more than a month.

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The two foreigners are Yardan Todorav Valentinvo, 30, and Popov Martin Vasilev, 32, who were arrested on October 16 on charges of “circulating fake valued papers.”

According to the case file, at 8:45 pm on Wednesday, the security guard division of the Asia Commercial Bank (ACB) was informed by the bank’s security camera center about a foreigner suspected of using fake credit cards to steal money from an ATM at Vien Dong Hotel on Tran Hung Dao Street in District 1.

Some guards were sent to the scene but they found nothing unusual. They then continued patrolling and later noticed a foreigner withdrawing who appeared suspicious inside an ATM booth on Pham Ngu Lao Street nearby.

the foreigner after he left Pham Ngu Lao and arrived on Do Quang Dau These guards detained Street and continued withdrawing money from an ATM booth there.

After being handed over to local police, the foreigner identified himself as Yardan Todorav Valentinvo and said he was staying at a hotel on Nguyen Trai Street, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1.

Police seized from the man a bag containing 41 ATM cards and VND12.7 million (US$600) in cash. A test carried out later showed that 38 of these cards were counterfeit.

On searching the man’s hotel room later, the police found some account statements issued by Sacombank. They also detained the man’s roommate, Popov Martin Vasilev, for investigation.

The similar case happened last month when police in Khanh Hoa Province arrested three Bulgarian men for using electronic equipment to steal information from ATM cardholders and then creating and using fake ATM cards to appropriate money from these cardholders.

The men are Korneev Valentin Nilolov, 53, Genov Aleksandar Simeonov, 44, and Dimitrov Iliyan Plamenov, 26. They were arrested on September 8 in the province’s Nha Trang City.

The detainees confessed that they had withdrawn VND111 million ($5,230), including VND96 million from the Nha Trang Branch of the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and VND15 million from the Nha Trang Branch of the Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank).

In related news, police in HCM City arrested two Russian men for stealing money from ATMs with fake credit cards two days ago.

The two foreigners, Surkov Dmitry, 37, and Debenko Igo, 35, were arrested in District 1 after they had withdrawn money from two ATMs, one belonging to Vietinbank, the other to Techcombank.

Police seized from them VND123.8 million (US$5,840) in cash and 50 credit cards, of which 34 are fake.

In another case, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court sentenced Malaysian national Lim Soon Ling, 55, to seven years in jail on April 26 for using fake credit cards to appropriate a total of VND451 million ($21,700).