Industrialist card fraud trail goes beyond India
B’lore, Nashik, Ahmedabad Link In Fraud Cases
Mumbai: Police investigations in the case of fraudulent use of industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla’s credit card details have revealed the involvement of people from Bangalore, Sri Lanka and Bangkok.
Two Bangalore men accused of using a cloned credit card of Birla to buy gold jewellery worth Rs 2.86 lakh in 2011 were interrogated last month by officers of the Worli police station after they were brought to the city from the Karnataka capital on a transit remand.
The two, Jayakumar Samuel and Raja Pandian alias Megharaj, were picked up in Bangalore last month and handed over to the Worli police. “We handed over custody of Samuel and Pandian (to the Worli police) in January,” a Bangalore police officer said.
A few days after the purchases, the Bangalore police had arrested nine members of the gang that had sent the two to shop with the cloned card. The gang of nine told the police that they had purchased the details of Birla’s card for Rs 10,000 from members of an international gang operating from Bangkok. They then took the help of a Sri Lankan to prepare the cloned card. The police said the gang was unaware the card belonged to Birla.
HOW IT WORKED
Bangalore police say the fraudsters would purchase credit card details for Rs 10,000 per card from a Bangkok-based gang
The deals would be struck through a website, www. cdrsu.su
A gang member, N Goutam, would pass on card details and magnetic strips to his accomplice Jayakumar and a Sri Lankan, Hari Prasad, who would come to Bangalore to prepare cloned cards
The gang would pay a commission to people who agreed to shop with the cloned cards at malls