Maldives and Sri Lanka police bust bank card fraud: report

Sept 30, 2011 (LBO) – Police in Maldives and Sri Lanka have arrested five in an international fraud involving forged cash and credit cards related banks in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, China and France, a media report said. Minivan News, a Maldives based online news service quoting police inspector Mohamed Riyaz said two Maldivian nationals were arrested in a Colombo casino in a joint operation with Sri Lanka’s police.

One of the arrested had 250,090 Sri Lanka rupees, 4,845 Maldives Rufiyaa and 5,128 US dollars in his possession, the report said.

The second arrested was a partner in a movie shop in Maldives where equipment used to skim data and forged credit and debit cards were found, the report said.

Some forged cards resembled membership cards of the shop.

The report quoted police as saying they were probing possible connections to an international ring and the cards may have been used in other countries as well.