Police in Faridabad on Thursday arrested seven people, who allegedly duped 187 people in 21 states, posing as employees of a public sector bank. Police said the gang targeted people under the guise of extending their credit card limit and after obtaining their card details, the defendants transferred money to their bank accounts. No less than 35 cell phones, 109 SIM cards, 15 Rs 22.6 lakh ATM cards were recovered from the possession of the accused.
Police said the scam was reported when a Faridabad resident Manoj Kumar filed a police complaint alleging he was duped for Rs 1.57 lakh by the accused using the same modus operandi.
The accused have been identified as Sonveer alias Sonu, Rahul from Morena in Madhya Pradesh, Aman from Etawah in UP, Shakti Mishra from Bihar, Subhan from Farukhabad, UP and Abdullah, and Pankaj, both from Delhi.
Basant Kumar, SHO, Faridabad Cyber ââPolice Station, said: âThe accused used to get bank customer contact details and credit card data from Just Dial and other third parties. They used a custom app to place calls pretending to be from State Bank of India customer service. “The accused used to get the card number, CVV, expiration date information and OTP by offering to transfer a customer’s credit card limit to a new card, then use the information to transfer money, âKumar said.
Police said the cyber cell’s investigation revealed that the gang had transacted over Rs 1.25 crore on 17 bank accounts.
Sube Singh, spokesman for the Faridabad police, said: âSo far, the investigation revealed that the gang had duped more than 187 people, including 50 in Telangana, 41 in UP, 21 in Haryana, 21 in Delhi and 12 in Maharashtra and several more in other states. We have notified the respective police in these states and are investigating. “