Two Romanian nationals and two locals were arrested on Saturday by the Navghar Police from Safdarjang in Delhi for allegedly duping almost 100 unsuspecting people through an elaborate ATM fraud. The accused cloned ATM card details of victims and have allegedly managed to withdraw about Rs 32 lakh till now.
According to the police, Romanian nationals Miu Ionel, 44 and Marion Grama, 42, took the help of Parel residents Ganesh Shinde, 36 and Pundalik Hadkar, 24 for logistical support like local SIM cards, and renting accommodation.
The accused installed a small scanning device near the card slot and also affixed a camera directly above the keypad at the Kotak Mahindra Bank ATM located beside Hari Om Sweets at Hanuman Chowk in Navghar area of Mulund East.
“Once somebody inserted their card, the scanner would copy their information and during transactions, the camera would capture the pin,” said Madhav More, senior police inspector of Navghar police station.
They managed to steal data of about 1,500 people who used the ATM between Nov 28 and Dec 9. “They had a lot of data but could manage only 99 withdrawals as we had already blocked a lot of cards and advised people to change their pins,” said More.
The police said Hadkar and Shinde, apart from providing them with SIM cards, also rented out flats in Mira Road, Virar and Thane’s, Ghodbunder area for them.
Source: Mumbai Mirror