Photo: Debit card fraud
A Romanian man was arrested by the Mexican Federal Police in Reynosa, a border city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, in connection with a scheme to clone debit cards, the National Security Commission said.
Cristian Badea was arrested in response to a request from the security department of a Mexico City-based financial institution, the commission said in a statement.
he 44-year-old suspect was arrested on charges that he installed a cloning device on an ATM at a bank in Reynosa, located across the border from McAllen, Texas.
“Federal Police officers started fixed and mobile surveillance around a shopping center in the Fuentes neighborhood, where a person matching the physical description in the report was spotted,” the commission said.
Badea was arrested when he tried to remove a card reader used to clone debit cards and make cash withdrawals with fake bank cards, the commission said.
Two bank cards, personal identification, a temporary Romanian passport, immigration service forms, a video camera and a card reader were seized from the suspect, officials said.
Badea was taken to the federal prosecutor’s office in Reynosa, where he was turned over to investigators, the National Security Commission said.