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Six arrested in ATM card cloning case

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

With the arrest of six men including a foreign national, police claimed to have busted a gang which allegedly 'cloned' debit or credit cards and withdrew from ATMs or used the card details for shopping.

The gang was involved in at least 40 offences registered in and neighbouring areas, Deputy Commissioner of said Friday.

The Crime Branch of city police started tracking down the gang after a resident of Nagpada here filed a complaint that unidentified persons withdrew Rs 2.16 lakh from her son's between June 7 to 11 this year.

Her son, who works in merchant navy, was aboard a ship off the coast during this period, the woman said.

The Crime Branch found that had been withdrawn from ATMs in Mumbai, and the culprits had also done some shopping in district of using details of the cards possessed by the woman's son.

It led to arrest of (30), a shop owner in Ratnagiri, DCP Sawant said.

It was followed by arrest of (33) and Chandansing Rao (23) from Rajasthan, (31) from Tamil Nadu, Dipak Gehlot (33) from Thane and Colovolo Hakim Alias Ayo Rafiu Audigun (48), a national of an African country.

Hakim was allegedly involved in similar offences in earlier, the DCP said.

Police recovered 10 mobile phones, four laptops, 97 cloned debit and credit cards, two card readers, a point of sale 'skimmer' (which copies card details) and a data device, the said.

Other members of the gang had purchased data of hundreds of holders from Hakim, he said.

The data was used to create "cloned" (duplicate) debit and credit cards, Sawant said.

was the main accused who allegedly also provided his technical expertise to other gangs involved in similar crimes, the DCP said.

The device seized from the accused is used to collect details of debit or credit cards when they are swiped by customers for payment at shops, hotels or petrol pumps, he said.

The gang is estimated to have cheated people of around Rs two crore in various offences, Sawant said.

A court here on Friday sent them in police custody till October 17, and further probe is on, he said.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 20:40 IST