Friday, December 22, 2017

3 Romanians arrested for cloning ATM cards

The Pune police arrested three Romanian nationals for cloning ATM cards with the help of skimmer and withdrawing nearly Rs 28 lakh from 138 accounts within eight days. Police say the fraudsters got ATM card details of 1,030 people – all of whom had withdrawn money from PNB ATM at Pashan in October.

Pune police nabbed the three from Vasai and suspect they are part of a global fraud. They have been identified as Erima Dragos Junete (26), Lazar Alim Kresti (22) and Balan Floria Christinel (44).

The fraud came to light when bank manager of Punjab National Bank's Pashan circle approached police stating that money of their depositors was withdrawn without their knowledge.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III), Ganesh Shinde, said, "We found that the fraudsters used a skimmer at the ATM center to steal confidential information belonging to the authentic ATM card holders."

Assistant police inspector Sanjay Thenge of Chatushrungi police station, said, "The skimmer is a device that can be attached where an ATM card is inserted to withdraw money. When a card is inserted, the skimmer's sensor copies the confidential details. The fraudsters also used a transparent keypad, with the help of which they were able to decipher the password of the ATM cards."

Senior police inspector Dayanand Dhome, in charge of Chatushrungi police station, said "In the span of eight days. the fraudsters managed to withdraw nearly Rs 28 lakh from 138 accounts. Acting on a tip-off, we sent a team to Vasai and asked our team in Bangalore to join them. On Tuesday, after the fraudsters withdrew some money from an ATM in Vasai, we managed to catch them red-handed."

The arrested trio has been sent to police custody till December 28.

In a similar case in Mumbai, Navghar police are probing the case of cloning and skimming at the ATM kiosk of a private bank in Mulund. A bank user's card details were compromised and money withdrawn illegally. Mumbai police has dispatched a team to Delhi and Ghaziabad to nab the fraudsters.

The police source claimed that they have CCTV footage of the suspects, who installed the skimmer machine at the ATM machine, and withdrew money from the accounts of people in Delhi and Ghaziabad.

As many as 40 people, who used the ATM in Mulund, were shocked after their card details were used to withdraw money while the cards were in their possession. All the victims had approached Navghar police station on Monday and case was registered.

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