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Nigerian credit card fraudster held

mumbai Updated: Mar 26, 2011 00:57 IST
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A Nigerian, identified only by his code name Daddy, is the key accused in the international credit card fraud racket which was busted by the crime branch on Tuesday.

Shreyas Kotharia, 30, a Mira Road resident and his brother-in-law Parag Parab, 33, also from the same area, have been arrested for the fraud amounting to several lakhs of rupees.

Highly-placed sources in the crime branch said on Friday that “Daddy” is a middle-aged Nigerian, who has been living in Mira Road on a business visa for the past three years. Kotharia disclosed his name during interrogation.

Sources quoted Kothari as saying that he had come across “Daddy” during his 13 month-long incarceration in connection with a credit card fraud almost two years ago. “Daddy” is a prominent member of the notorious Nigerian drug cartel operating in the city and he too was jailed in drug-running case.

Once out, “Daddy” activated his operatives based in the US and the UK to obtain the credit card details of Indians living in those countries. “They created bogus web pages of well known buy-sell sites and sent invitations to the victims, offering attractive schemes. They fell prey to the offers and unsuspectingly their card details were obtained by Daddy’s operatives,” sources added. They passed on the details to Kotharia, a self-made software genius, who faked those cards using a specialised software.

Joint commissioner of police, crime Himanshu Roy confirmed Daddy’s involvement in the crime and said efforts were on to trace him.