Gang involved in stealing card data of foreigners busted by police

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Panvel Town police have busted a racket and have arrested three persons who were allegedly involved in stealing debit/credit cards data of foreigners staying in different countries and then misuse their data to do online shopping. The racket came to light when the police were probing a case wherein a Panvel resident had lost his money from his bank account without having shared his debit card details with anyone.

The arrested trio has been identified as Kurla residents Mudassar Akhlaq Shaikh (38), Mohammad Rafiq Abdul Rehman Pansari (58) and Salmaan Abdullah Ansari (27).

According to the police, in June 37-year-old one Omkarsingh Kushwaha had lost Rs 1 lakh from his bank account. Kushwaha learnt from his bank statement that there were 27 transactions and money was used from his account for online shopping. He then lodged a complaint with the police in this regard under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property of the Indian Penal Code and sections 66C (Punishment for identity theft) of the Information Technology Act.

“While probing the case we came across information of three suspects. On Tuesday, the trio were apprehended from Kurla with the help of Mumbai police. Their sustained questioning revealed that they were not involved in Kushwaha’s cheating case but they did admit having duped several foreign nationals over the past two years by stealing their debit/credit card information. They further claimed that along with their other associates Ayaz Pansari, Fayaz Pansari and Minaz Malik, they would steal card data of foreign nationals and would then do shopping of goods online and would then sell the said goods for money,” said a police officer.

He added, “The gang has admitted having committed shopping of goods worth Rs 2.50 lakh from March 2019 till they were arrested. We suspect that they were being given stolen card details by their foreign based counterparts. They have been booked under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property of the Indian Penal Code and sections 66C (Punishment for identity theft) and 75 (Act to apply for offence or contravention committed outside India) of the Information Technology Act.”



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