A Mira Road couple, who allegedly used fake credit cards to buy electronic goods, were arrested by the Andheri police on Wednesday night. The police suspect the couple may have made purchases of around Rs 2.53 crore.
Sub-Inspector Vinod Pawar said Yunus and Nargis Khan have been cheating shopkeepers for the last four years. “So far, we have recovered property worth Rs 18 lakh but the actual amount may go up to crores,” he said.
The couple was allegedly in touch with Nigerian conmen who would provide data of credit cards belonging to NRIs. The couple would imprint the number and data on fake cards.
The police recovered LCDs, laptops and other high-end electronic items at their residence, but no fake credit cards. The fraud came to light when the Andheri branch of ICICI Bank approached the police two months ago and informed them about purchases being made with fake credit cards.
“We arrested Yusuf Khan (28) on June 13 and he gave us the information about his uncle, Yunus, who was the master-mind. Nargis helped her husband evade arrest whenever we used to visit his house for inquiries,” said Pawar.
The police got a breakthrough when they learnt that Nargis had bought a two-wheeler with a fake card. They arrested Nargis. She panicked and called Yunus, He then surrendered.
The police arrested shop owners Afzal and Levine Baptist for allowing the couple to make purchases with the fake cards. Efforts are on to trace the Nigerian associates and the missing fake credit cards.