The credit card of a 37-year-old Grant Road resident was allegedly cloned and used to make purchases worth Rs 58,000 in Mumbai, while he was away on a work trip in Sweden. The Gamdevi police are probing the case.
Shaikh, who works in Vikhroli for a private company, stayed in Sweden for a period of six months, for official work. Shaikh took his credit card to Sweden with him, but left behind the mobile phone linked to the credit card with his wife Rafat. Whenever he used his credit card, Rafat would receive an SMS alert on the mobile phone.
In her complaint, Rafat told the police that in the second week of December, she received a phone call from the bank and was informed that a transaction worth Rs 58,300 had been made from her husband’s credit card account. “Rafat immediately called Shaikh in Sweden and asked him if he had made any purchases using the credit card, only to discover he had not,” said an officer from Gamdevi police station.
Shaikh also received an email from the bank stating that transactions were made at an outlet in Mumbai, the officer said.
Shaikh got his credit card blocked and lodged an online complaint with the bank. Acting on the bank’s instruction, Shaikh’s wife submitted a written complaint to Gamdevi police.
After verifying the facts, the Gamdevi police recently registered a case against an unknown accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act for cheating, forgery, personation and cheating by personation using computer resources.
The police believe the card has been cloned, and are checking to see if there is any CCTV footage of the individual who used the cloned card at the shopping outlet.