Malaysians arrested for credit card fraud

Two Malaysian nationals were arrested in a central Athens jeweler’s on Wednesday for credit card fraud, prompting police to launch a hunt for other members of a Malaysian criminal ring believed to have fraudulently acquired large numbers of luxury goods that they then resold. The two suspects, whose names were not released, were caught in the act of trying to buy a couple of watches worth 3,500 euros with fake credit cards backed up by forged passports. The Malaysian gang is believed to have hoodwinked shop owners across the country, and police have received complaints from Athens, Thessaloniki, Kavala and Loutraki, dating up to five months back. The fraudsters targeted shops selling jewelry and other luxury goods, as well as electronics and household appliances stores, making purchases worth thousands of euros.