The Mumbai crime branch busted a racket of credit card fraudsters and arrested two men from Delhi on Friday, who allegedly cheated at least 40 people in the city to the tune of Rs 2.20 lakh between April 2014 and January 2015.
The crime branch’s property cell said the two, former call centre employees, would secure basic information about credit card holders of two private banks from their call centres. They would then call the people and make them divulge their personal identification number (PIN), card verification code (CVC) and similar information.
Apart from Mumbai, the duo has targeted people in various other states.
After several complaints involving credit card frauds were registered in the city, the crime branch began a probe and found the calls originated from Delhi.
A team of property cell officers, comprising inspector Bhosale, sub-inspector Bane and others, caught Ratandeep Sood, 27, and Sandeep Rajak alias Prasad, 23, from the Rama Road area in Delhi’s Moti Nagar, officers said.
“The callers identified themselves as the banks’ call centre employees. They gained the victims’ trust by asking them to confirm their names, birth date and other details, which they had obtained from call centres,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner and Mumbai police spokesperson.
The accused would ask for the victim’s PIN and CVC, on the pretext of unblocking the card, redeeming reward points or similar requests, said the police. As the accused already had some information on the victims, they would be convinced and share their card details.
“The gang would then make online purchases using the cards, using one time passwords (OTP). They mostly bought mobile phones, and sold them in the open market. There are more people in the gang. We are trying to find them,” said Kulkarni.
The officers are also investigating the role of some call centre employees, who allegedly provided the accused the details of card holders. The two have been remanded in police custody.