Five Russians arrested over credit card scam

The police Criminal Investigations Division (CID) arrested five Russians over a major credit card scam.

Police spokesman Priyashantha Jayakody said that the Russians were arrested in Wellawatte on Friday and placed in police remand.

Investigations had revealed the Russians had carried out the scam with accomplices in Cambodia and Vietnam.

The police spokesman said that the Russians had over Rs. 2.5 million in their possession.

They also had various equipment including laptops in their possession which were used in the credit card scam.

Just last month the police warned the public to be aware of credit card fraud after an Indian national was arrested with blank cards and equipment to forge credit cards.

In March this year two Ukrainians were arrested in Sri Lanka with at least 106 forged credit cards as well as a large sum of stolen money.  (Colombo Gazette)