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Duo visited ATM for 5 days, went undetected

Vijay Kumar Yadav, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 22, 2014
First Published: 19:40 IST(22/4/2014) | Last Updated: 19:43 IST(22/4/2014)

The two accused in the Agripada ATM data theft case would visit the ATM kiosk to fit and remove the skimmer and camera in the afternoon and at night when there were no people around to notice the suspicious activity, the police said.

The ATM kiosk did not have a guard, police officials said. When this HT correspondent visited the ATM kiosk at 3.40pm on Monday, it was unguarded.

The fraudsters would install the equipment around 3.30 pm and would remove it 9.30 pm the same night. This went on for five continuous days, from March 26 to 30. The bank too did not realise what was happening till it got inundated with complaints about withdrawals.

“The complaint was registered on April 12 against two unidentified persons,” said Kishor Baviskar, senior inspector of Agripada police station, which is investigating the case.

Of the 17 victims who have lost their money, three have bank accounts in other banks. A source revealed that the minimum amount a victim had been robbed of was Rs4,000, while customer Mohammed Asraf Momin lost the most, Rs. 60,000.

The police got involved in the case after Prahlad Singh Bihagara, branch manager of Union Bank of India, Agripada, lodged a complaint on April 12 after carrying out an internal investigation.

Bihagara did not respond despite repeated phone calls and SMS.

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