International credit card racket busted, three held for fraud

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Nov 28, 2012 23:56 IST

The Delhi Police special cell on Wednesday busted an international credit card fraud racket and arrested four persons who made illegal transactions by swapping cloned credit cards on electronic data capture (EDC) machines.

According to police, the accused made illegal transactions amounting to Rs 9.75 lakh on EDC machines of HDFC Bank.

The arrested persons are Dheeraj Khanna alias Rohit Kumar, Pankaj Deewan, Yogesh Mahajan and Mohammad Yasin. The police recovered 13 EDC machines, one skimmer, cards in various names and forged documents from them. Efforts are on to nab their accomplices.

Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (special cell), said Samarjit Singh Sahi, a manager with HDFC Bank filed a complaint, reporting a highly suspicious transaction pattern on EDC machines issued to one of their customers.

"The bank had installed EDC machines to facilitate the payment by credit and debit cards through their bank network at the establishments owned by one Rohit Kumar. Kumar opened current accounts with the bank," said Yadav.

On investigation, it was found that the merchant no longer existed at the address submitted to the bank. The bank suspected that the transactions were fraudulent in nature and filed a case.

Kumar, whose original name was Dheeraj Khanna, had opened a bank account in a fictitious name and got EDC machines issued for the fraudulent transactions, Yadav said. 

"He got some cloned credit cards swiped on these machines with the help of Deewan, Mahajan Yasin. Kumar used to get 40% of the amount swiped on his machines. His aides arranged cloned cards through their contacts. They destroyed the EDC machines and cheque books when the bank tried to contact them for the suspicious transactions," said Yadav.

The domestic cards were cloned by one Kamal and the international ones by one Devender Chauhan of Agra with the help of professional hackers.

The details of genuine customers were stolen through the skimmer (an instrument to copy data of a credit/debit card) and then copied on a plain card with a magnetic strip, added Yadav.


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