Kondhwa police arrest two persons in card cloning racket

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 11 March 2019

Prakash Gaikwad said that two laptops, two scanners, one camera, two pen drives, one glue gun, 62 blank ATM cards, two compact discs, two internet dongles, five mobile phones, 19 debit and credit cards were recovered from the accused.

PUNE: Officials of the Kondhwa police station on Saturday morning arrested two Nigerian nationals for allegedly being involved in cases of card cloning in the city.

The arrested accused have been identified as Irmehen Steven and Ummu Ayan Mehboob. The duo were arrested in a raid by officials of Kondhwa Police Station at Park Majestique Society in Undri, where they were currently staying.

Speaking about the arrest, Deputy Commissioner of Police Prakash Gaikwad said that two laptops, two scanners, one camera, two pen drives, one glue gun, 62 blank ATM cards, two compact discs, two internet dongles, five mobile phones, 19 debit and credit cards were recovered from the accused.

“One Sambitkumar Mishra had approached us after he had lost Rs 92,000 from his account in different transactions. When we started our investigation along with cyber crime cell of the city police crime branch, we found that the card used in ATM machines to withdraw money was cloned and accordingly we started our investigation. Based on details, we zeroed in on Steven. His location was tracked before we made an arrest,” added Gaikwad.

Police Inspector Jayram Paigude of cyber cell said that Steven was acquitted in 2018 in a case lodged at Khadki police station and was also arrested in a card cloning case lodged at Sangvi police station. Police Inspector Anil Patil of Kondhwa police station said that the accused was active in Kondhwa, Yevalewadi, Katraj, Bibvewadi, Sainagar, Gokulnagar, Undri and Pisoli area. “The accused would fit skimmers in ATMs, collect technical details of the victim’s card. To steal the PIN number, the accused would use spy cameras,” added Patil.

Speaking on lack of CCTV cameras at ATM machines, DCP Gaikwad said that he has held a meeting with bank officials regarding the issue and they are yet to respond by installing CCTV cameras or guards at their centres. Police have appealed to people to approach them. Police officials have till now found two ATMs where the accused had planted the skimmer machines.

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