The gang that cloned debit cards of 37 persons including those of 15 policemen and fraudulently withdrew Rs 15.47 lakh is believed to be different from the gang of cyber criminals that is suspected to be responsible for the cloning of over 200 debit/credit cards from earlier this year, said cyber police.
There has been a sudden surge in card cloning cases since late last year, wherein unidentified persons managed to duplicate cards of victims and used them abroad fraudulently.
While the Colaba police have been asked to investigate the case, they are taking technical help from the cyber wing. An officer from the cyber wing said that in the cases of card cloning that took place earlier, the act was suspected to have been done at a shop when the customer handed over his/her card to make payments. The miscreant would swipe the card at a skimming machine stealthily and then use the details to prepare cloned cards that were used abroad.
In this case, however, the card information seems to have been compromised at an ATM machine in Colaba.
“The modus operandi used to get the card details is different from the earlier cases. This indicates that the crime may have been committed by a different group,” the officer said.