Ph: Cebu ATM Credit Card Scam Ring Busted

Mars W. Mosqueda Jr. reports:

Authorities yesterday warned credit card owners to be extra careful when transacting business using their credit cards following the arrest of six people allegedly belonging to a “highly-organized” syndicate with capabilities to capture credit card users’ information and use fake cards from stolen data.

Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Melvin Ramon Buenafe said the public should heed this warning regarding their credit cards particularly because of the existence of skimming machines that can obtain credit card information which can be encoded into fake cards for use by criminals in their own transactions.

Buenafe issued the warning after members of the so-called “Bautista Group”` which allegedly operate in Manila and Mindanao were arrested following an entrapment operation. The arrested suspects were identified as Gelatio Bautista Nataño, James Alcantara, Anthony Villarama, Bernardo Cruz, Rudolfo Gaya, Anthony Jarlo and Maria Roxanne Venezuela Torlao.

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