13 Apr 2012

Card skimming suspects stopped at border

9:58 pm on 13 April 2012

Immigration New Zealand says it has stopped a group of Bulgarians suspected of bank card skimming from entering the country.

Two of the nine Bulgarians were stopped from boarding a flight in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday after an immigration officer discovered they had previously been arrested for credit card skimming in Mexico.

One more stayed behind and the other six continued to Auckland, but were denied entry on Thursday night after declining to be searched or interviewed on arrival.

Border operations manager Karen Irwin says credit card skimming has become a global problem, driven largely by organised gangs in eastern Europe, and any flights from that region face higher scrutiny.