The police suspect that there are at least three more gangs operating in Mumbai that use fake debit/credit cards and cheat people.
“The accused arrested in the Borivli case had also cheated another Metro Cash and Carry mall in Bhandup in April,” said P Raorane, assistant inspector, Kasturba Marg police station.
“Officials from Ulhasnagar crime branch recently busted another such gang. We suspect that apart from these two gangs, there are at least two more gangs using a similar modus operandi.”
Shrirang Nadgauda, senior inspector of Bhandup police station, said three persons had visited a Metro outlet in Bhandup and bought goods worth Rs 5.5 lakh using a credit card.
When the amount was not transferred to the store’s account after 24 hours, they contacted the police who found that the card used was fake. “After the Borivli arrests, we learnt that the same gang had duped the Metro Bhandup outlet,” he said.
Only a week ago, the Ulhasnagar crime branch arrested two men, Hitesh Gerela, 20, and Kamlesh Lalsinghani, a 22-year-old hardware engineer, and recovered 597 duplicate credit and debit cards from them. The main accused, Faizi Raza, has a criminal record and is absconding.
To forge the credit cards, they would buy the magnetic strip data from Nigerian touts, Machindra Chavan, senior inspector of Ulhasnagar crime branch, said. The Borivli gang too would buy the strips from Nigerian touts.
For duplicating debit cards, the accused would also fit skimmer machines and spy cameras at ATMs to record the card details and the user’s PIN. “We raided Raza’s Ulhasnagar home and recovered an embossing machine, scanner, printer, two laptops, two sets of ATM card readers and writers,” said Chavan.
The duo was arrested after the crime branch received a tip-off that they were visiting an electronics shop in the area.