African gang arrested for withdrawing money at ATMs using fake debit cards

African gang arrested for withdrawing money at ATMs using fake debit cards

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2017-02-11 14:59 Bengaluru: Banaswadi police have arrested seven African nationals for allegedly withdrawing money with fake debit and credit cards using magnetic card reader in the city.The crime came to light when Payal Mandal – a HDFC debit card holder – complained to the police that Rs 94,318 was fraudulently withdrawn from her account. In the same week, the police received at least 11 complaints of similar nature. The preliminary investigation led to an ATM in Kammanahalli.During the investigation, the police found that data of all these complainants were allegedly compromised in that ATM through a travel agency, Via.Com. This led to the arrest of Eremhen Smart, a Nigerian National on January 16. The police have recovered two mobile phones, Rs 2.64 lakh and also freezed Rs 2.40 lakh which was in the account of Via.Com.The police have also arrested Martin Nsamba, Jolly, Tinah, Kenny, Oloadeji Olayemi and Vikram Rao Nikkam.According to the police, Hillary Kiegen, a Kenyan National is said to be the kingpin behind this racket.Police said, Jolly had booked a magnetic card reader from Card-Tec India Pvt Litd - allegedly on the directions of Martin. She is said to have destroyed the machine after she learnt about Martin's arrest.Tina, Kenny and Oloadeji Olayeni were helping other accused in collecting data and swiping cards in various outlets.The police are looking for other seven accused, who are absconding.