Briton Jamie Steven McKee, 31, agreed with his friend Australian Darrin John Williams, 48, to come to Phuket to defraud bank customers, a media conference was told this afternoon at Immigration headquarters in Phuket City.
Banks in Thailand have reacted to a series of attacks by expat skimmers at ATMs and improved security on Phuket.
The pair were arrested in the street in Karon, south of Patong, about 11pm yesterday, near a Thai Commercial Bank ATM.
They were found to be in possession of 40 fake credit cards and a machine used for copying data, an Immigration officer said today. They had 20,000 baht in cash.
According to the officer, Mr McKee brought data about credit cards with him when he flew to Thailand on March 14.
Unusually, Mr Williams entered Thailand not by air but overland through the Ranong checkpoint, on the Thai-Burma border, on March 4.
The two men have confessed, Immigration police say. ''They were staying in rented premises in Patong and chose to attack ATMs in Karon to avoid drawing attention to themselves,'' an officer said.