Cops Found All Victims Used Same Kiosk On A Day
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.