Friday, September 24, 2010

Gangs behind credit card fraud arrested -

They obtained card details from petrol bunks

Customers cheated of Rs. 2 crore

CHENNAI: Fifteen persons have been arrested for indulging in credit card fraud by obtaining card details of customers from some petrol bunks in the city.

The gangs made fake cards with the details and cheated the customers of over Rs. 2 crore by purchasing air tickets and electronic goods.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran said one gang, headed by Manoj Kumar of Pallikaranai, had been operating in Chennai and other parts of the State for the last five years. “The gang had links with the fake credit card gang of Umesh, a Sri Lankan national, which was busted last year. The two gangs were behind 80 per cent of the fake credit card offences in the State,” he added.

Police sources said Manoj Kumar bought blank cards from Malaysia and embossing machines from China and produced fake credit cards after illegally obtaining the details of cards used by motorists at bunks in Anna Nagar, Madhavaram and a few other areas. One of the gang members, Justin alias Sudhananthan, who was working in a petrol bunk in Anna Nagar, used a skimmer machine to get the card details. The gang also obtained details of several other Indian and international credit cards from members in other parts of the country and abroad. Manoj Kumar, Justin and their accomplices Udaya Kumar, Sabari Rajana and Premal were arrested recently.

Ten members of a gang that obtained information pertaining to credit cards from a petrol bunk in Thirumangalam were ar

rested on Sunday. Several fake credit cards, skimmer machines and embossing machines were seized.

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