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Cops look for foreign hand in card scam

After as many as 15 police constables lost their savings to a skimming card fraud carried out of Greece, police are now scanning south Mumbai hotels to identify suspicious foreign tourists who may have been a part of the Rs 15.47 lakh fraud.

mumbai Updated: Jun 16, 2013 11:46 IST
HT Correspondent

After as many as 15 police constables lost their savings to a skimming card fraud carried out of Greece, police are now scanning south Mumbai hotels to identify suspicious foreign tourists who may have been a part of the Rs 15.47 lakh fraud.

The investigators are considering the possibility of foreigners being involved after it came to light that the money was withdrawn in Greece.

The police, along with employees at AXIS bank are going through the CCTV camera footage of the bank ATM that was compromised.

"We are scanning the footage since April till the date when the incident took place to find any person who would have tampered with the machine. The main focus is on identifying persons who may have fixed the skimmer device," said Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (South region).

Simultaneously, the police are checking the history of foreign nationals who were put up in hotels and lodges in Colaba and other surrounding areas when the skimmer was fixed.

Officials are recording detailed statements of all the victims, to gain further clarity on the fraudulent withdrawals. All victims received SMSes on their cell phones, informing them of the money being debited.

The police also said that they are going through call data from the area where the ATM machine was tampered with. In an attempt to get a lead on the incident, officials have sought dump data of the cell phones, which includes details of all the calls that went to and from all the cell towers in that area.

The Mumbai police have registered a case against unknown persons at the Colaba police station under sections of Information Technology Act and Indian Penal Code.

As many as 37 persons, including 15 policemen, were targeted in the card cloning fraud where Rs 15.47 lakh was stolen. No arrests have been made so far.