Punjab cyber cell sleuths have arrested a junior engineer posted in field repair division of Shahpur Kandi project in Pathankot along with his accomplice on charge of making fraudulent debit transactions by stealing information of ATM-cum-debit cards.
Police have seized 100 gm of gold coins of different weights and worth about Rs 3 lakh, apart from a desktop computer, two mobile phones and two SIM cards from the accused.
Accused Veer Davinder Singh alias Lucky,35, is the alleged mastermind of a gang that dupes people through fraudulent ATM and debit card transactions. His co-accused was identified as Gurmeet Singh, 30, of Amritsar.
Crime and Cyber Crime SSP Pradeep Kumar claimed that Davinder's gang stole the information of ATM-cum-debit card numbers along with passwords of their victims when the latter used their cards at ATM kiosks.
He used to idle around various ATM kiosks and his main area of operation was Pathankot. After identifying his target, Davinder used to enter soon after his potential victim entered a kiosk to withdraw money. Davinder clicked a photo with his mobile phone of the ATM card number as soon as the victim took the same out to withdraw money and also noted down the code number keyed in by the victim.
The accused then used the information to make online purchase of gold coins, the payment for which got debited to the victims' accounts. The gang had purchased gold coins worth more than Rs 7 lakh in this manner, the SSP said.
The state cyber cell had received a complaint from TR Dogra, a retired BSNL officer residing in Pathankot, following which a case was registered on June 18, 2012 under Information Technology Act and under Sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the CrPC.