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Image: Nirmala ATM machines. Credit: Google maps

Bali Polda police have arrested three more Bulgarian men for skimming several ATM machines in the South Kuta area. The suspects, Kaloyan Kirilov Spasov, Nikolay Valentino Dinev and Lyubomir Todorov Bogdanov, were arrested in front of Nirmala supermarket in Pecatu, South Kuta, on Wednesday at around 2.30am after they tried to use another person’s data to make a transaction from one of the ATM machines there.

The case began when the police received a report from several banks that there were numerous suspicious transactions on their ATM machines in the area. The police then investigated the case.

“The police investigated the CCTV footage near the ATM machines,” said a source to

After they knew the alleged suspects characteristics, they patrolled several of the ATM machines thought to be used by the suspects to carry out their crimes. One of the locations was in front of the Nirmala in Pecatu.

Police saw the suspects stop in front of the store on Wednesday. They got out of their car and went to an ATM machine. “One of the suspects was inside carrying out the crime, while the two others waited in front of ATM machine room,” he added.

The police swooped on them when they tried to get back into the car.  They were then taken to their home in the Pecatu area.

“There were several pieces of evidence in the suspect’s home, such as a router, a camera, three laptops, two wallets, two smartphones, and Rp 2 million in cash,” he concluded.

Director of Bali Polda Special Criminal Unit, Commissioner Andi Fairan, confirmed that police had arrested the suspects. “Bali Polda will do their best to eliminate the skimming cases in Bali,” he said.

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  • Dave M

    Good work by the Police. These guys are a pain in the arse. My card details got skimmed at Nusa Dua recently. They didn’t get my pin no. cause I conceal it with one hand over the other. My bank detected suspicious activity and canceled my card. I can’t access my funds from an ATM until I go back to Australia and pick up my replacement card. So incredibly inconvenient. I wish them a secure future in the Kerobokan Hilton. I hope they get everything they deserve.
    N.b. I suggest that people conceal their cards so they can’t see your card no. as you put it in and out of the machine.

  • dedublya

    We note previous reports of tourists numbers declines.
    Now an additional European crime scene.
    Maybe the old and in a lot of cases the Pre-entry Visa system works?
    But, there again I’m not a statition.

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