The Thane police, on August 28, arrested four members of a gang from Shrinagar, Thane (west) for their alleged involvement in illegal transactions of vehicles.
On being questioned, the officials uncovered a bigger scam involving misuse of credit cards.
The accused are Chennai resident Munawar Sayyed (27), Byculla residents Nasir Ansari (30), Asif alias Musharaf Ali Sayyed (30) and Andheri resident Sajid Sheikh (29).
“The leader of the operation was Munawar, a management graduate working with the Teynampet Branch of ICICI Bank in Chennai as a sales manager. Munawar knew Atul, who gave him the card verification value (CVV) numbers of credit cards. Munawar would then get the credit card user’s details and use the information to book airline tickets online and sell them to customers at a lower price.” Munawar carried on this operation along with the three accused, who were introduced to him by Atul,” said Additional Commisioner of Police (crime) Prashant Burde.
This gang sold about 150 air tickets valued at about Rs 15 lakh. “We will check if there is a link between the customers who bought these tickets and the fraudsters,” said Burde.
Although the police are still on the look-out for Atul, they have arrested Sunil Dubey (29), a Goregaon resident, on September 3. Dubey worked in an outlet of Zodiac, at the Oberoi Mall in Goregaon (E). He fraudulently obtained credit card data of customers and passed it on to the gang. The five have been remanded in police custody till Thursday.