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Bangkok couple went on 400,000 baht spending spree and holiday with stolen ATM cards

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Bangkok couple went on 400,000 baht spending spree and holiday with stolen ATM cards

 

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CCTV footage from a 7/11 store revealed on Thai TV showed the moment when a Thai woman went to reclaim an ATM card left in a machine outside the store.

 

The woman claimed that the card was hers and it was handed over to her by staff at the branch in Ratchadaphisek, Bangkok.

 

She was then caught on another camera checking to see if the card had been cancelled at a machine.

 

Along with her boyfriend they managed to use the card to withdraw cash to purchase goods and even took a holiday in Krabi on the proceeds.

 

Channel 7 did not explain in the TV report or online how the couple found out the password of the card.

 

Police arrested Kotchaporn Chaihanam and her boyfriend Wasan Tepin at a gas station on Chaeng Wattana Road.

 

At their house they found seven other ATM cards and a host of goods such as gold jewelry, phones, electrical appliances and watches.

 

They admitted to at least 30 thefts since the start of the year and taking a holiday in Krabi.

 

Police warned people who forget their cards in ATM machines to immediately report the matter to banks to cancel the cards.

 

Source: CH7

 
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Often finding the passwords isn't that difficult, even with a limited number of tries. I know someone locally used 1111 as the password. 1234 is another popular choice with people who have no understanding of security.

 

My wife left her card in an ATM once (after a transaction), went back fifteen minutes later and it was gone. She phoned the bank immediately who cancelled the card, They told her it had just been used in Big C (the ATM was directly outside).

She went into Big C and spoke to the manager who was helpful, showed her the till receipt for 3,000 baht-odd that was spent. As no one here ever checks the signature, it's not a deterrent.

However, the manager noticed the buyer had used a Big C loyalty card at the same time. The culprit was caught through that, but only by my wife's persistence. She had her money refunded by the thief who also went to prison for theft.

Shows the stupidity of this particular thief, using her own loyalty card.

 

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8 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

Often finding the passwords isn't that difficult, even with a limited number of tries. I know someone locally used 1111 as the password. 1234 is another popular choice with people who have no understanding of security.

 

My wife left her card in an ATM once (after a transaction), went back fifteen minutes later and it was gone. She phoned the bank immediately who cancelled the card, They told her it had just been used in Big C (the ATM was directly outside).

She went into Big C and spoke to the manager who was helpful, showed her the till receipt for 3,000 baht-odd that was spent. As no one here ever checks the signature, it's not a deterrent.

However, the manager noticed the buyer had used a Big C loyalty card at the same time. The culprit was caught through that, but only by my wife's persistence. She had her money refunded by the thief who also went to prison for theft.

Shows the stupidity of this particular thief, using her own loyalty card.

 

 

I know the event wasn't funny - But thank you for the giggle - A thief that uses a loyalty card when making a purchase with a stolen card is brilliant. 

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Now in Big C you do not even have to sign with Mastercard or bank card for the purchases .

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2 minutes ago, akampa said:

Now in Big C you do not even have to sign with Mastercard or bank card for the purchases .

There's a pre-set spending limit when you don't need to sign. Over that and you will.

So any savvy thief will just keep making small purchases. What a silly system.

 

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Atm cards should be released before cash, so people don't forget.

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7 minutes ago, shady86 said:

Atm cards should be released before cash, so people don't forget.

Agreed. I can only compare it with the UK: Machine bleeps - remove card. Failure to remove card will prevent cash being dispensed.

Here it's a lack of common sense by the bank staff controlling the system.

 

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4 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Often finding the passwords isn't that difficult, even with a limited number of tries. I know someone locally used 1111 as the password. 1234 is another popular choice with people who have no understanding of security.

 

My wife left her card in an ATM once (after a transaction), went back fifteen minutes later and it was gone. She phoned the bank immediately who cancelled the card, They told her it had just been used in Big C (the ATM was directly outside).

She went into Big C and spoke to the manager who was helpful, showed her the till receipt for 3,000 baht-odd that was spent. As no one here ever checks the signature, it's not a deterrent.

However, the manager noticed the buyer had used a Big C loyalty card at the same time. The culprit was caught through that, but only by my wife's persistence. She had her money refunded by the thief who also went to prison for theft.

Shows the stupidity of this particular thief, using her own loyalty card.

 

At least in India, one cannot set their own PIN anymore. You choose two digits and the bank generates the other two digits.

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Twice in the last 6 months I’ve left my ATM card in a machine outside 7-11 & both times nobody had handed the card in. Disappointed at the lack of honesty in this country. My solution is to have 2 bank accounts, 1 with an ATM card in which I keep a maximum of B10k & the balance in the other account with no card. Easy to transfer money between accounts on my phone. Also, I see some ATM machines allow you to withdraw money without a card, the bank sends a code to your phone.

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4 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Often finding the passwords isn't that difficult, even with a limited number of tries. I know someone locally used 1111 as the password. 1234 is another popular choice with people who have no understanding of security.

 

My wife left her card in an ATM once (after a transaction), went back fifteen minutes later and it was gone. She phoned the bank immediately who cancelled the card, They told her it had just been used in Big C (the ATM was directly outside).

She went into Big C and spoke to the manager who was helpful, showed her the till receipt for 3,000 baht-odd that was spent. As no one here ever checks the signature, it's not a deterrent.

However, the manager noticed the buyer had used a Big C loyalty card at the same time. The culprit was caught through that, but only by my wife's persistence. She had her money refunded by the thief who also went to prison for theft.

Shows the stupidity of this particular thief, using her own loyalty card.

 

There is an old saying for that: too lazy to work, too dumb to steal.

I'm wondering about the fact that every week there are 2 or 3 forgotten ATM cards stacked at the top of the machine for days in my hood and it looks like nobody is stealing them???

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In the old days, there were thieves  AND honest people1

Nowadays there are thieves AND honest people AND some "honest people"  who do not hesitate to steal when the opportunity arises :coffee1:

 

 

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5 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Often finding the passwords isn't that difficult, even with a limited number of tries. I know someone locally used 1111 as the password. 1234 is another popular choice with people who have no understanding of security.

 

My wife left her card in an ATM once (after a transaction), went back fifteen minutes later and it was gone. She phoned the bank immediately who cancelled the card, They told her it had just been used in Big C (the ATM was directly outside).

She went into Big C and spoke to the manager who was helpful, showed her the till receipt for 3,000 baht-odd that was spent. As no one here ever checks the signature, it's not a deterrent.

However, the manager noticed the buyer had used a Big C loyalty card at the same time. The culprit was caught through that, but only by my wife's persistence. She had her money refunded by the thief who also went to prison for theft.

Shows the stupidity of this particular thief, using her own loyalty card.

 

The point is, Thai people like points(Kanen), for everything including member card for massage.

 

How embarrassing you to the same massage center for 10 times to claim one free massage.?

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As usual, the important bit of how the password was got, is NOT in the report. 

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Years ago I was in a Walmart in Mobile USA ,  they used a swipe card system on the ATM's in there.

I thought what a good idea , this must catch on as the card never leaves your hand.

 

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