A Doha Criminal Court is reviewing the case of an Asian expatriate man accused of stealing the ATM cards of a number of compatriot workers and using fraudulent ways to withdraw various sums of money that amounted to QR17,500 from their accounts.
Local Arabic daily Arrayah reported that the accused to hang around by the ATMs at areas with Asian workers concentration and act as if trying to help them withdraw money they needed from their accounts. He used to memorise the passwords and return similar counterfeited cards.
According to the file of the case, the process went on for some time undetected until one of the victims submitted a complaint at the police station. Investigations and camera records of the targeted ATMs pointed to the accused. Ultimately the accused was arrested and admitted that one of his friends gave him six ATM cards and relevant passwords to withdraw some sums of money amounting to QR17,500 in total in exchange for QR3,500. He also told the investigators that his friend left the country with the money.
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