Following the card-skimming incident in Colaba, owing to which 36 people lost their money, the police have found at least six more ATMs across the city where skimming devices had been attached.
The police suspect that two persons of Bulgarian origin, caught in a CCTV footage outside the Colaba ATM, have been installing skimming devices at ATMs in Shivaji Park, Dadar, Worli and Sahar, apart from the Colaba ATM.
“The Colaba ATM was one of the many ATMs they seem to have targeted,” said a police officer, requesting anonymity.
Ravindra Shisve, deputy commissioner of police (zone 1), confirmed that the two accused had installed skimming devices in at least six ATMs in Mumbai.
“Apart from Axis bank, four ATMs of another bank and one belonging to a third bank have been targeted,” Shisve said, refusing to name the banks.
The police don’t yet know if more people have been cheated of their money because of these skimming devices, Shisve said.
“Bank officials have informed us about the crime, but so far they have not come registered a formal complaint, so we don’t know the number of persons and the amount involved. As soon as they approach us, more FIRs will be registered.”
Using card details obtained from skimming devices, the accused cloned cards and used them to withdraw money in Greece.
The police were not forthcoming on how the skimming devices were traced. Shisve said: “The banks have an internal mechanism through which they communicate.
During their communication, they realised that their systems had been compromised in a similar manner and likely by the same criminal.”
The police are now asking the targeted banks to register a formal complaint.
“They don’t seem keen on registering a complaint. We are in the process of convincing them to do so,” the officer said.
The police have established the identity of the two Bulgarian suspects, who came on a tourist visa and stayed at hotels in Worli and Colaba.
They have also got their addresses and other personal information.
“We have sought help from their consulate and will issue a blue corner notice as the suspects are not in India,” said a Colaba police officer.