A 70- year- old principal of a reputable south Mumbai college is the latest victim of the card-cloning gang. Suspects stole the credit card data of the senior citizen, and after duplicating it, used it to shop for goods worth Rs 1 lakh in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. The LT Marg police are probing the matter.
According to the police, the complainant lives at Princess Street and heads the astrology department of Girgaon College. The complainant has an account with a centralised bank’s Nana Chowk branch, and uses a credit card on the same account.
“In the first week of January this year, when the complainant was busy delivering a lecture in class, he received three SMS alerts. After the lecture, when he saw the messages, he was shocked to find out that shopping worth a total of Rs 98,965 had been done using his credit card,” said an officer from LT Marg police station. The complainant’s card was in his possession.
The complainant went to the bank and was informed that his credit card’s data was duplicated on another card and the same was used for purchases by the suspect. The card was used at SR Overseas, Ikra Traders and Ekta Traders in Moradabad, UP, the officer said.
The victim then filed a written complaint to LT Marg police, and after an internal probe conducted by the bank and a preliminary probe by the police on March 23, a case was registered under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and 66 C (identity theft) and 66 D (cheating by personation by using computer resource) of the Information Technology Act.
Police are now trying to get details on the suspect from the shopping outlets where the unauthorised purchases were made.
Earlier in March, a city school teacher approached the police, complaining credit card fraudsters had stolen her card data and shopped for goods worth nearly Rs 50,000 in Bangalore. Police said they believed the crime was the work of a card cloning gang.