Cayman police arrest Bulgarian ATM scam suspect

Police arrested a 35-year-old Bulgarian man Tuesday in connection with the suspected fraudulent use of “cloned” gift cards in ATM machines over the weekend.

Detectives from the Financial Crime Unit arrested the man on suspicion of money laundering.

According to police, the Financial Crime Unit received reports of “suspicious activity” at ATMs at local banks over the weekend, when a man was seen trying to withdraw cash with the gift cards at two different banks.

Police issued a description of the suspect based on his attempt to withdraw money at a bank at Buckingham Square on West Bay Road on Saturday afternoon.

The Financial Crime Unit is reminding the public to be conscious of suspicious activity at ATMs, including the use of multiple gift cards, credit cards or ATM cards by one individual.

“In general, cardholders should also exercise care to secure their PIN number and also to check the ATM to ensure there are no skimming devices attached,” police advised in a statement.