4 rob bank accounts with fake credit, debit cards

Skimmer, cards with magnetic strips, debit cards, mobile phones, Rs 27,000 cash was recovered from them

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Friday informed that a team of cops has arrested four persons from suburban Andheri, who were involved in stealing money from bank accounts using fake credit cards and debit cards.

Acting on a tip-off, the police on Wednesday laid a trap for the accused and nabbed three persons with a skimmer, nine cards with magnetic strip, seven debit cards, three mobile phones and Rs 27,000 cash.

In the interrogation, the name of the main accused was also revealed, who was later tracked and arrested by the cops.

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The fraud came to light when recently, the deputy manager of a bank lodged a complaint with the police stating that money was withdrawn from the accounts of several customers using fake debit and credit cards between November 2020 and January 2021.

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The actual account holders did not receive an OTP (One Time Password) and even then, the money was getting deducted, the complainant said.

Soon after, an FIR was registered at the MIDC police station against unidentified persons and a probe began. It revealed that most of the transactions were carried out using debit and credit cards and most of them from a hotel at Mahakali Caves in Andheri East.

The police then arrested the accused and took them into custody until Saturday after they fell prey to their trap.

Further investigation revealed that the accused, all of whom are in their 20s, have been involved in similar activities for the past six months and had cheated people of lakhs.

Similar offences had been registered against the main accused of the gang at Oshiwara and Kherwadi earlier.

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