A team of STF Crime Branch has been successful in locating and busting an ATM card cloning racket and apprehended three accused persons namely Shrehansh Nitin Kothadia, son of Nitin Kothadia, resident of Mumbai, Anubhav Nayak alias Babu, son of Dahipat Nayak, resident of Mumbai and Dilshad, son of Sayaid Hassan, resident of Mumbai. At least 67 cloned cards, one skimming machine, two spy cameras, one MSR writer to write the data on empty card and one laptop recovered from their possession.
A dedicated team under the supervision of ACP/STF, Pankaj Singh was tasked to work further on these type of crimes and criminals. On Nov 1, SI Rajeev Bamal got a specific information that a gang of criminals involved in ATM Card Cloning would be arriving near Sarai Kale Khan Bus Terminus to locate ATM Machine for stealing the data and to make cloned cards from it. Acting upon the tip-off , a raiding party consisting of SI Rajeev Bamal, SI Ashok Kumar, ASI Bir Singh, ASI Kuldeep, HC Vijay and Ct. Payar Singh, under the supervision of Inspector Digvijay Singh was formed and a trap was laid near Sarai Kale Khan Bus Terminus about 9 pm, one car was spotted coming towards ISBT Sarai Kaale Khan, which was signalled to stop and all occupants of the car were overpowered by the team of STF Crime Branch. During the search, total 67 cloned ATM cards, one skimming machine, two spy cameras, one MSR writer to write on the empty card and one Laptop was recovered from their possession. Accordingly, a case at Crime Branch Police Station was registered and all the three accused persons were arrested.
The gang operated all over India. They got skimming machine & spy cameras from one Nigerian national. This skimming machine and spy cameras were made for a specific type of ATM machine. The gang used to roam across the states to trace the specific type of ATM machine in which their skimming machine and spy camera could be installed. After fitting the skimming machine with the ATM card slot of the ATM machine, they installed the spy camera in such a position that the PIN number of the card user could be video recorded in it.
The gang members then kept watch from outside the ATM and after the use of ATM machine by innocent users, they removed the skimming machine and video camera, full of cards data and PIN numbers. Then, they used to easily write the stolen data of one card on an empty card with the help of MSR writer. They cloned the card and ATM PIN of the same card and then withdrew the hard earned money of innocent people from any ATM with that cloned card.
The accused had also committed a number of frauds at Mumbai. In this regard, Mumbai Police have been informed of their arrest.