ATM card racket busted

January 13th, 2012 - 1:26 am ICT by IANS  

State Bank of India New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) A gang involved in cheating several ATM card users was busted with the arrest of three people, including a guard deputed at a State Bank of India (SBI) ATM in the capital, police said Thursday.

The arrested have been identified as Mohinder Sharma, the 35-year-old guard, Ajit Singh (23) and a tout Anil Mehra (52). They were arrested near a cinema hall in Paharganj Tuesday. Two other touts and travel agents have been identified and efforts are on to apprehend them.

Sharma was deputed at an ATM of the SBI at Paharganj.

On the pretext of helping ATM card users, Sharma obtained their debit card numbers along with the pin numbers. He then sold these details to Singh. For each such transaction, he was paid Rs.500, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand.

Singh bought these information to purchase online tickets.

Mehra used to solicit customers in Pahar Ganj for purchasing tickets and passed on the details to Singh who used to procure relevant tickets, Chand said.

The total illegal proceeds of the trio amounted to around Rs.9.25 lakh, while more than 250 debit and credit card numbers along with their pin numbers have been recovered from their possession.

The trio were nabbed after an ATM card user filed a complaint saying Rs.42,500 was withdrawn from his SBI account using his debit card, the police official said.

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