Panvel police arrested three males for operating a phishing rip-off because the previous two years by conning debit card and bank card holders exterior India and making on-line purchases from their accounts.
The three accused, recognized as Mudassir Shaikh, 38; Rafiq Ansari, 58; and Salman Ansari, 27, had been arrested on Tuesday from Mumbai. Shaikh labored with Rafiq who’s into promoting used vehicles whereas Ansari is an electrician.
Other than shopping for items, the accused additionally used the stolen playing cards to pay for meals they ordered on-line in addition to resort stays, stated police.
The racket was unearthed when Panvel police was investigating a cybercrime whereby a Panvel welder misplaced ₹1 lakh in a debit card rip-off in June. Police sources stated that in technical evaluation and tracing IP addresses of suspects within the case, police discovered a lead in Mumbai.
“During interrogation, we learnt of the involvement of three accused in other similar cyber frauds. The accused used stolen debit card and credit details to target people, mostly those residing outside India. They have been running the racket since March 2019. Using the cards, they would make purchases through online e-commerce websites,” stated a police officer requesting anonymity.
Primarily based on preliminary investigation, police estimate they’ve duped scores of victims of ₹2.5 lakh and the determine is prone to rise as officers proceed digging into earlier purchases made by the accused.
Panvel metropolis police took help of the Mumbai Police’s crime department and native police stations to hint Shaikh and his accomplices. It was ascertained that each one three males had been staying in Kurla, from the place they had been taken into custody on Tuesday.
“We have arrested three persons but cannot reveal any further information at this stage as the case is still ongoing. We are on the lookout for more wanted accused,” stated Ajaykumar Landge, senior inspector at Panvel metropolis police station.
Police stated they’re probing the involvement of the accused within the welder’s case, which the arrested accused have allegedly denied. Police are looking out for previous accomplices of the arrested accused.