Singapore police arrest 3 Britons for alleged thefts with fake ATM cards

Three 21-year-old Britons were to be charged in a Singapore court Friday with theft and computer misuse for allegedly using dozens of counterfeit ATM cards to make withdrawals from cash machines here, police said.

The three men, who were not identified, were arrested Wednesday evening while using an ATM machine. A search of the men yielded 35 cloned ATM cards, many with the PIN numbers attached, according to a police statement released Thursday.

The statement said the ATM cards were cloned with data stolen from European bank accounts, reports AP.

The three face theft charges that could carry punishment of up to three years imprisonment and a fine. If convicted under the Computer Misuse Act, they could face 10 years in prison, a fine of up to S$50,000 (US$31,575; Ђ24,800), or both, the statement said.