Canadian police make arrests in alleged ATM fraud scam

Men allegedly using pinhole surveillance cameras on ATMs to record users' PINs


TORONTO - Police in York Region have arrested and charged six Toronto-area men in an ATM fraud investigation, and they're looking for a seventh suspect.

The accused were allegedly caught on video surveillance in October setting up and operating devices designed to steal banking information.

Police allege the men used pinhole cameras mounted in fake light bars attached to the top of an ATM to record people entering their personal ID numbers.

Another device was also attached to the bank card slot that recorded and stored the card's information.

Police allege the devices were later removed and the information was used to make fake debit cards.

Losses are estimated at about $250,000.

Yevgen Bershadsky and Nikita Tsedik, both 19 and from Richmond Hill, Ont., and Ruslan Benco, 18, Stanislav Ponamarev, 19, Islom Khushev, 18 and Faik Mamadov, 19, all from Toronto, were each charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, participating in a criminal organization and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

A warrant has been issued for Oleksandr Gubarev, 21, of Vaughan, Ont.