They set up shop to ‘manufacture’ debit cards. Only, their financial instruments were fake. The Crime Branch on Thursday arrested three people, including two Nigerians, while they were preparing fake debit cards, the police said on Friday.
The Nigerian duo was identified as Faizi Raza (29), Babalola Kasim (41). The third, Sreyanj Kothadiya (34), is a local.
The police learnt that Kasim led the clan, and his agent in Nigeria furnished details of debit cardholders in foreign countries.
Raza, a computer expert, would prepare the debit cards based on information relayed to him, the police said.
The debit cards were then misused to buy electronic goods, the police said.
“The accused would sell these electronic goods for cash,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Rakesh Maria.
The police have recovered 69 bogus debit cards, 700 credit cards without embossed digital code, 18 bogus Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards, two laptops and other material from a Mira Road guesthouse from where the trio operated.
The fake PAN cards, the police said, were meant to convince storeowners, in case they suspected the Nigerians of foul play.
The police said the accused have confessed to having made over Rs 15 lakh in the last six months.
They have been remanded to police custody till October 1.