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Air ticket racket involving payment gateway hacking busted, 3

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Crime Branch an air ticketing racket which involved booking domestic and international tickets by payment gateways, and arrested three persons, police said Tuesday.

The racket came to light when a man who booked an air ticket to in December 2018 observed the email address, mobile number and cost of ticket were different, an said.

His inquiries revealed that the ticket was booked after the of another person and payment was done online to a certain company, he said.

The man then approached Unit VII of the Crime Branch which began a probe.

"The IP address of the computer which was used to book the ticket after the payment gateway was traced to A team picked up (28) from there on May 6," he informed.

The said Parmar, who has studied till Class XII, had come to in 2015 and was working his estate agent uncle (48).

"We also arrested and a Raghavendra Singh. During their interrogation it came to light that Parmar used to book air tickets from various ticket booking sites. While making payment of the booked air tickets, the accused used to hack payment platform of foreign company, which used to link suppliers to online travel agencies," he said.

As the payment platform was not secure, the accused used to succeed in making payment for the ticket without spending anything from his pocket, the said.

With this modus operandi, Parmar has booked thousands of domestic and international air tickets over the past two years, worth at least Rs 2 crore, and also gave concession to travelers, he said.

"We are yet to analyse his email ID from which more information on the racket and those involved will be had," said

"During his interrogation we got an information about the agents in Mumbai, and Madhya Pradesh," he said. adding that "Parmar possibly has a network nationwide.

The accused are in police custody till Friday, he added.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 22:51 IST