Romanians arrested over Auckland organised crime ATM scam

The trio face fraud-related charges for allegedly using counterfeit credit cards to withdraw cash from ATM machines in the city. Photo / iStock
The trio face fraud-related charges for allegedly using counterfeit credit cards to withdraw cash from ATM machines in the city. Photo / iStock

Three Romanian men have been arrested following a sophisticated ATM scam in Auckland.

They will appear in Auckland District Court tomorrow on fraud-related charges for allegedly using counterfeit credit cards to withdraw cash from ATM machines in the city.

Aged from their late 20s to early 40s, the trio arrived in New Zealand in April, Detective Senior Sergeant Iain Chapman said.

"It appears the men have allegedly been operating as an organised crime group. A number of ATM machines were used to withdraw cash using counterfeit credit cards skimmed in Europe. We were alerted to the scam when banks noticed a significant amount of money being withdrawn," Mr Chapman said.

"Once it was realised that fraud was occurring, some quick work and cooperation between the banks and Police led to the quick apprehension of three males allegedly involved."

- NZ Herald

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