ATM card cloning: Third Romanian held in Gurugram, Chandigarh police get 3-day custody
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ATM card cloning: Third Romanian held in Gurugram, Chandigarh police get 3-day custody

The two Romanian nationals Miclea Lecian Lonut and Paraschiv George Aletandru, both 37 were arrested from Delhi by the Chandigarh crime branch on Friday.

punjab Updated: Aug 14, 2018 11:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
ATM card cloning,Gurugram,Chandigarh
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Chandigarh crime branch arrested the third Romanian involved in ATM card-cloning case on Monday. Attila Tuhos, 34, was arrested from Sector 56 in Gurugram and brought to Chandigarh.

He was sent to three-day police remand by the local court.

Investigating officials said Attila revealed that he works for Paul Sorin, who managed to provide skimmer devices to the team members, and he knows how to download the data from skimmers and how to upload the same on ATM cards.

Cops said that Attila disclosed that Paul is staying in Delhi and he knows the place where he asked him to meet there and he said that Sorin is currently putting up in a hotel.

“Attila can tell about the shop and place from where Romanian gang members purchased and assembled these devices,” said an official privy to the investigations.

The two Romanian nationals — Miclea Lecian Lonut and Paraschiv George Aletandru, both 37 — were arrested from Delhi by the Chandigarh crime branch on Friday.

The two had used disguises such as wigs, artificial beards and baseball caps. Interrogation revealed that the two had entered India as tourists and came to Chandigarh to rig the ATMs, leaving the city on August 5 to return again on August 7 to collect the devices.

After reports surfaced of ATM machines being rigged with skimming devices (for collecting credit and debit card data) and spy cams to record pin numbers, especially in Canara Bank branches in Chandigarh, police were alerted to a Romanian gang being involved in the racket by the Kolkata and Delhi police.

Police suspect a bigger gang is operating in India to collect credit and debit card data, not just for stealing cash but also for selling the information in international market for online fraud.

First Published: Aug 14, 2018 11:06 IST