Credit card cheats hire professional hacker to dupe many of lakhs

Four persons have been arrested for duping people of several lakhs, through cloned debit and credit cards. "Dheeraj Khanna, Pankaj Deewan, Yogesh Mahajan and Mohammed Yasin have been arrested. Three of them arranged for cloned cards and the swipe machines were procured by Dheeraj," DCP (Special Cell) Sanjeev Yadav said.

Three of their accomplices Kamal, Rahul and Devender Chauhan are still on the run.

Yadav said the cards were cloned with the help of a professional hacker. Police have recovered 13 electronic card reader machines, issued by three private banks.

Police said the men befriended cashiers at retail stores. They would swipe a customer's card in the store's card reader machine and also in another machine called 'skimmer' an instrument used to copy the data of a credit or debit card. The machine reportedly was imported from Denmark.

The data captured on the skimmer would later be copied on a plain card with a magnetic strip, police said.

The cloned cards were then swiped on a reader machine allotted by the banks to one of the gang members, who procured them in the name of fictitious jewellery firms, police said.

A customer's money was transferred to the bank account of the accused and withdrawn.

The accused had also allegedly destroyed the card reader machines and the cheque books when the bank tried to contact them for the suspicious transactions on the EDC machines, police said.

The fraud was first noticed by the manager of the Risk Unit, which noticed several suspicious transactions from national and international cards on machines of a particular set of companies in a short span. He alerted police.

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