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Ukrainian Woman Arrested For Skimming ATMs In Bali

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A 33-year-old Ukrainian woman, Baklanova Khrystyna has been arrested for skimming several ATMs in Bali.

ATM machine in Indonesia

The Head of Bali Public Relations, Officer Kombes Pol Syamsi, confirmed that the suspect was arrested from a villa in Jalan Toya Ning II Uluwatu Arden, South Kuta on Wednesday evening (1/12) after skimming ATMs of a bank in Bali and withdrawing hundreds of thousands of IDR.

“A Ukranian woman was arrested for skimming ATM’s in South Kuta,” Kombes Pol Syamsi said.

Kuta at night

According to a staff member of the bank involved, the incident occurred when the bank discovered some suspicious transactions on an ATM that is located in South Kuta area.

“Several suspicous transactions were made from the 27th to the 30th of November 2021, where a total of USD $140,000 (IDR 2 billion) cash were withdrawn from that ATM,” said a source who preferred to remain anonymous.

Immediately, the bank filed a report to the police station and submitted the CCTV footage from the location as evidence. During the investigation, the police finally identified the suspect. Shortly after, they managed to arrest the suspect at her place in South Kuta area.

“During the interrogation, the suspect admitted that she had committed this crime,” the source added.

Police car in Bali

Meanwhile, Kombes Pol Syamsi hasn’t released an official public statement regarding this case until today.

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Monday 6th of December 2021

Credit card fraud and ATM skimming is rife in western europe from eastern europeans. The fact there seems to be many cases in bali from eastern europeans suggests these are eastern european organised crime syndicates that are operating on a global scale. They should trace where this woman gained the equipment and knowledge to do this. Maybe they can find the leaders of these syndicates that are operating in bali. Threaten her with a extremely lengthy sentence until she comes clean. Authorities need to catch the ring leaders, otherwise this is just going to keep on happening.


Sunday 5th of December 2021

Time for the death penalty. You get death for drugs why not death for these scumbags that come to a wonderful county and steal money from poor people trying to feed their families in these very hard times of covid-19? Time to start shouting these terrorists right in these F-ing heads.


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

@JR, What's your logic in this story? An ATM skimmer stealing money would not prevent people from going hungry. Foreigners who exploit a situation in another country for their own benefits should be deported and banned from re-entering. That's all.


Sunday 5th of December 2021

Bali agents don't appear to vet individuals applying for visas to gain entry. It's only a way to make a buck today. No screening? No verification? Nothing! So this is bound to happen. So is her jail term going to be less than the Bali locals caught with .8 grams of marijuana?

Ricky Lovina

Saturday 4th of December 2021

I wonder what visa this criminal was using? A shady 211b "business" visa that agents seem to have no problem getting for $$$, These Atm scammers always seem to have eastern european names and operate in gangs so i doubt she was a one off.

Wayan Bo

Friday 3rd of December 2021

Should pay $ 140k back plus interest.

Bali lover

Saturday 4th of December 2021

I really don't understand why these kind of people are allowed to stay on Bali and why I don't even have a possibility to enter Indonesia as honest person with respect for all Bali values.