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Spent lakhs, even put back money

india Updated: Jan 25, 2012 01:01 IST
Leena Dhankhar

After groping in the dark for a couple of months, the cyber crime branch of Gurgaon police managed to zero in on the accused who shopped for lakhs of rupees by illegally using credit card details of clients based in Australia, UK and the United States.

Police found that Arti Gupta, who quit her job at Convergys’ BPO unit five months ago, had ordered for things bought with the credit cards to be delivered at her Tilak Nagar house, where she stays with her parents.

Another mistake she committed was putting back R96,000 into the account of an Australian client whose credit card she had used to make an online purchase of the same amount, the police said.

The police said she did it after she got suspicious that the fraud has been detected and the matter has been reported to the police. Arti had recently started working with another BPO in Gurgaon Sector 43.

The police said the other accused in the credit card fraud, an Orissa-based person, who is also a BPO employee, had gone missing. He was the mastermind of the fraud and had persuaded Gupta to acquire the credit card details, the police said.

He fled Gurgaon after he got the inkling that the police had swung into action and he could be arrested anytime.

A police party had already been sent to Orissa capital Bhubaneshwar to arrest him.

The police said another girl was also involved in the fraud but they were gathering more details about her involvement.

They said the man had coaxed Gupta to note down credit details of the clients. "After she transferred the credit cards details, the duo went online and shopped for valuables worth lakhs of rupees," said a police official.

The DLF City (Phase 2) police registered a case of cheating against the girl as well as her accomplice.