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Card cloning: Skimmer found at Canara Bank ATM in Chandigarh

A skimmer is a device that is affixed to the mouth of an ATM and secretly swipe credit and debit card information when bank customers slip their cards into the machines to pull out money.

punjab Updated: Aug 05, 2018 11:47 IST
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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A day after 11 people reported Rs 6 lakh in all withdrawn fraudulently from their HDFC and ICICI bank accounts using cloned credit and debit cards at ATMs located in Phase 5, Mohali, the Canara Bank authorities on Saturday claimed to have found a skimmer attached to an ATM in Sector 35, Chandigarh.

A skimmer is a device that is affixed to the mouth of an ATM and secretly swipe credit and debit card information when bank customers slip their cards into the machines to pull out money.

A case under Sections 420 (cheating) and 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable to life imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at Sector 36.

Investigating officials said customers pointed it out to the Canara Bank officials that they had seen some device attached to the ATM. After checking it, the bank officials immediately informed the police, which registered a case after preliminary investigation.

Sources said Canara Bank officials informed the police that they have recovered four such devices from ATMs in the city in a short span.

‘Breach at mohali microbrewery’

Meanwhile, suspecting that data of debit and credit cards of their customers was allegedly stolen by cloning at a microbrewery in Mohali, HDFC Bank lodged a complaint with the Punjab Police cyber crime on Saturday.

Assistant inspector general (AIG), cyber crime, Hardial Singh Mann said: “HDFC Bank officials filed a complaint after scrutinising their records. Even we have got some vital leads and hope to crack the case soon.”

The AIG, however, declined to reveal the microbrewery’s name, stating that it could hamper the investigation.

HDFC Bank corporate affairs head Rajeev Banerjee said: “We have mentioned the name of the microbrewery in the complaint, but it could not be disclosed at this stage because police investigation is in progress.”

Police sources said investigating officials are focusing on Phase 5 as card cloning is suspected to have taken place in the area.

As many as 11 residents of Mohali on Friday morning received alarming text messages about withdrawal of ₹6 lakh. All fraudulent transactions were made at various ATMs in Mohali and Kharar when victims had their debit cards in their possession suggesting card cloning.

Mann said that the banks had been told to give exact detail of the ATMs and send the exact timings of withdrawals from account of the victims. The two banks have also been asked to provide video footage of the ATMs from where the money was withdrawn.

First Published: Aug 05, 2018 11:45 IST