Tailor held for stealing money from ATM
There are fraudsters and then, there are fraudsters. Getting desperate by the day , petty thieves are devising newer, more innovative methods to dupe people.delhi Updated: Mar 06, 2010 00:08 IST
There are fraudsters and then, there are fraudsters.
Getting desperate by the day , petty thieves are devising newer, more innovative methods to dupe people.
One such case came to light recently, when police arrested a young man for fraudulently withdrawing money from a State Bank of India Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in South Extension-II.
Strong glue and a screwdriver was all Miraz Khan (22) used to fraudulently withdraw money from an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) duping six people.
Khan, a tailor by profession, was arrested from the State Bank of India’s (SBI)
ATM in South Extension-II on Thursday night.
At the time of arrest, Khan was trying to withdraw money from the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) through fraudulent means.
Police said Khan used to disable the withdrawal key on the ATM by using glue.
“After a customer had swiped his ATM card and entered all the details like password he would press this particular key to withdraw money. As it had been stuck with glue, the key was disabled and would not operate,” said HGS Dhaliwal, deputy commissioner of police (south).
“Sensing some problem in the machine, the customer would leave the scene,” he added.
Khan who would always stand behind the passenger and would then lift that key with a screwdriver and withdraw the amount after the customer had left, informed Dhaliwal.
Police said all the six transactions were done from the same Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in South Extension as it had been left unmanned. Khan, who works as a tailor in a readymade garment factory in Jaitpur, came to know about a group of cheats engaged in fraudulently withdrawing money from ATMs by disabling a button at his hometown in Gaya, Bihar.
He reportedly made Rs 12,000 through this method.
“He picked up the modus operandi when he went to Gaya in Bihar,” said Dhaliwal.
“He selected timings between 5 and 8 p.m., when there was less crowd at the ATM machine. Also there was no guard at the ATM,” added the police officer.
Police said Khan was arrested after several customers complained that money has been fraudulently withdrawn from their accounts.
“As all the complaints were reported from the same ATM, we laid a trap and arrested Khan,” said Dhaliwal.
“The Close Circuit Television (CCTV) installed in the ATM also showed him withdrawing the money,” said the officer.
Police said they have registered six cases against Khan and are waiting for more complaints.