Banks seem to be holding up investigations in the credit/debit card cloning scam that hit the city recently. The cyber police, who have been flooded with such cases in the past four months, have not yet received documents from the victims’ banks, something they are relying on for a link in the cases.
There have been numerous cases reported to the cyber wing of the Mumbai police since November where credit/debit card of citizens were used abroad, mostly in the US. The victim, who in most cases has never been out of the city, gets an alert on his mobile phone at night. The police suspect the accused have been using cloned cards.
But, the police do not rule out the possibility of the accused hacking into the network of a shop and stealing card details. An officer from the cyber wing, requesting anonymity, said their first line of investigation was to find out if all or most victims had used their card at one particular shop, from where details could have been compromised.
“As there have been several such cases suddenly, we are trying to find out if the employees of any particular shop are involved. If there are a few shops that show up in all or most bank documents, we can probe those shops,” an officer said. But, that is where the cyber police probe is currently stuck as they wait for the documentation from banks.
The officer said, “We have written a letter to banks asking for the statement of the victims’ accounts. ” When contacted, senior inspector of BKC cyber police station Nandkishore More said, “Investigations are on.” He refused to elaborate any further.
Joint commissioner of police, crime, Himanshu Roy said, “When the fraud is spread geographically over a large area involving different banks and agencies, as is the case, collating data and analysing it becomes a time-consuming affair. This can be a hindrance in investigations.”