Mumbai: The Cuffe Parade police on Sunday detained three suspects from Uttar Pradesh who had conspired and executed a credit card fraud in Mumbai. The accused targeted at least 60 customers of a bank in Navy Nagar and shopped online for goods worth over Rs 13 lakh, said police.
Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police, south region, said, “We had earlier arrested an accused, Krishna Pandey, who had come to take delivery of the orders placed on the Web. During his interrogation, we learned that the main accused, Sonu Yadav (21), was hiding in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. The gang targeted customers of Central Bank of India, Navy Nagar branch.”
The police are in the process of getting the suspects to Mumbai. “A bank official lodged the police complaint after they received several complaints of money being deducted from the accounts of some customers,” said a police source.
“They would order TV sets, fridges, high-end mobile phones, IPads and other costly electronics items online. Their intention was to purchase online and sell these goods immediately. It’s still not clear how they got the credit cards’ 16-digit numbers and passwords,” said an officer. Those detained in Gorakhpur include Yadav, his accomplice Harish Pandey and two others.
Credit card theft ran from Oct to Jan
Acomputer and hard disk have also been seized. Police said the accused managed to obtain the 16-digit credit card numbers and hacked into the bank’s system to get the password.
Krishna Pandey (26), the arrested accused, is a class XII dropout. He told the police that he was jobless and came in touch with Yadav, who was also from his hometown. Pandey reportedly asked Yadav for a job to earn livelihood. Yadav asked him to collect products for customers of online shopping. Pandey was promised a commission. He was arrested when he went to take delivery of a television set.
While a waiting police team caught Pandey, Yadav managed to flee from the spot in Thane last week. The accused have been booked for cheating (Section 420 of IPC) and hacking (Section 66 of IT Act). Yadav reportedly has a diploma in computer studies.
The gang first committed the fraud in October 2013 and continued till January this year. “We have managed to spot several transactions wherein the accused had placed orders. We have recovered some of the products and hope to get the rest,” said an officer.
O P Shrivastav, the bank’s assistant general manager, asked this correspondent to talk to his deputy Ayyubi, general manager (credit cards). Ayyubi could not be contacted for comment.
The Times of India, February 24, 2014