Cops Found All Vic­tims Used Same Kiosk On A Day

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Nishikant.Kar­likar @times­group.com

Thane: Just over a month ago, Mum­bra po­lice re­ceived com­plaints from two cus­tomers of dif­fer­ent banks that money was si­phoned from their ac­counts. Then more such com­plaints started pour­ing in. Soon, they re­ceived as many as 49 com­plaints from bank cus­tomers los­ing a to­tal of Rs. 19.75 lakh.

When the cy­ber crime cell started in­ves­ti­gat­ing, they found the crimes had a com­mon thread. All 49 used a par­tic­u­lar ATM on a sin­gle day, an ATM kiosk bereft of a se­cu­rity guard in a des­o­late area. This ATM was tar­geted by a four-mem­ber gang which used gad­gets to get debit card de­tails en masse.

Po­lice ar­rested Haider­ali Sarang (20), Tabas­sum Mistry (31), So­hel Umar Shaikh (44), and Mo­ham­mad Jaid Farid Rang­wala (29), all res­i­dents of Mum­bai .

Po­lice said the gang went to the ATM kiosk early in the morn­ing and fixed skim­mers on the ma­chine to steal data from debit cards be­ing used. To cap­ture the PIN be­ing keyed in, they in­stalled a cam­era in the kiosk, said A po­lice of­fi­cer San­deep Bha­jib­hakre, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (cy­ber­crime). At the end of the day, the gang re­turned to take the skim­mer and cam­era with de­tails of the ATM users. They then stole money from ther ac­counts.

The cy­ber crime cell started work­ing based on var­i­ous tech­ni­cal in­puts and on footage of a CCTV cam­era in the kiosk. They an­a­lysed 5.75 lakh phone num­bers that were in use nearby dur­ing the crime. Dur­ing this, they ze­roed in on four num­bers, that used to be ac­tive only dur­ing the crime— switched on be­fore the crime and switched off im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards. “They switched on the phone at the same time and switched it off af­ter con­vers­ing with each other af­ter the crime was com­mit­ted,” a po­lice of­fi­cer in­formed.

“The po­lice, af­ter due elim­i­na­tion, worked on the four cell num­bers of a ser­vice provider and iden­ti­fied the ac­cused,” Bha­jib­hakre said. The four SIM cards were pro­cured by a gang mem­ber who worked at a tele­com store. The po­lice have also found that one of the ac­cused was ar­rested in Hy­der­abad a cou­ple of months ago for a sim­i­lar fraud.

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