Card skimming dangers: Bali’s Financial Services Authority issues ATM fraud warning

The regional head for Bali and Nusa Tenggara OJK (Financial Services Authority) is warning the public against the dangers of ATM fraud in Bali, especially in ATMs away from crowded places, where monitoring isn’t so strong.

“The banks need to strengthen the handling of the ATM system, especially for ATMs located in quiet locations, that they are not exploited or prone to negative things,” Zulmi said on Sunday, as quoted by Tribun Bali.

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Zulmi also said to check if there’s anything suspicious around the ATM before using it—thieves in Bali are known to attach card skimmers in the machine as well as routers stealing customers’ banking data.

“If anything looks suspicious, report it immediately to the nearest security guard or the bank of the ATM,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Bali Police spokesman Hery Wiyanto says police are conducting investigations related to recent ATM fraud cases, where foreign tourists reported losing millions of rupiah in Bali. 

“We’re doing an investigation to find the suspect, the crime just happened last Friday,” Wiyanto said on Sunday. 

Wiyanto says it’s not just the responsibility of the police to deal with ATM crimes and that banks must also be accountable to overseeing their machines around Bali and taking preventative measures. 

He added that he has faith that Bali Police’s Cyber Crime Squad will be able to track this most recent report of card skimming. 

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