Police arrested 3 UK NRIs in Credit Card fraud scheme
- Used counterfeit credit cards and withdrew Rs 2.72 lakh from
- Hacking accounts were from UK and several belonged to NRIs.
- Indian unidentified person came to their hotel who handed them
the credit cards and list of PINs
Gang hacks NRI A/Cs with fake credit cards
AHMEDABAD, March 02, 2007
ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK
Times of India
Three British nationals were arrested by the city police for using
counterfeit credit cards and withdrawing Rs 2.72 lakh from ATMs
of HSBC, Centurion Bank of Punjab and Bank of India within a span
of three days. The money was withdrawn by hacking accounts in the
UK, several of them apparently belonged to NRIs.
The trio — Ketan Shah, a British national of Indian origin,
Foizul Khan, a British national of Bangladeshi origin, and Peter
Deighan, a Briton — claimed that they are students and landed
in Ahmedabad on February 26 from London.
"On arrival, they first went to Madhur Hotel on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar
road, but then changed their mind and booked rooms in Hotel Grand
Bhagwati. There, they were approached by an unidentified person
who handed them the credit cards and list of PIN (personal identification
numbers)," said deputy commissioner of police Abhay Chudasma.
These cards are blank barring the magnetic strip and the PIN written
by hand on them, said Chudasma. Sources said the accused successfully
hacked accounts on February 27 at two ATMs at Maradia Plaza on CG
road and Indraprasth tower on Drive-In road. "They then checked
out of Grand Bhagwati after clearing a Rs 41,000 bill and checked
into Hotel Pride.They again withdrew money on February 28, and were
detected when the ATM seized six of their cards," police said.
Assistant manager of HSBC Bhavesh Jani told TOI, "These are
credit cards of Halifax Bank in the UK, and may belong to NRIs".
However, the police are yet to nab the person who gave them these
cards. Investigations are also on to find out if cash was withdrawn
from other ATMs. The trio were to fly back to London on March 10.
The accused have been booked for forgery and cheating, said Chudasma.
"As one of the accused is of Bangladeshi origin, we are probing
whether this money was being used for disruptive activities,"
added Chudasma. Jani told the police that he got a call from his
subordinate Prashant on Thursday, informing that six cards were
seized by the ATMs at Maradia Plaza and Indraprasth building.
"Bank records revealed that the money was withdrawn from accounts
of customers living in the UK. It was quite apparent that the cards
were forged," the police said.
Sub-inspector of police JD Purohit,who is investigating the case,
said, "The closed circuit cameras in the Maradia Plaza ATM
clearly showed three persons, two with Asian features and one foreigner
as having withdrawn the cash. We searched hotel registers and found
the three matching these images staying in room Nos 308 and 608
of Hotel Pride in Satellite." The police raided the rooms and
nabbed the trio, impounded 115 cards and Rs 2.90 lakh from them.
Shah's parents had moved to London from Kenya where they run a
departmental store. Khan's parents are retired and he works as a
temporary. Peter stays with his mother and younger sister in London.
The police believe this racket was masterminded in UK. "Ketan,
apparently ran into debts and came in touch with a person who promised
the trio 25 per cent of the money withdrawn from ATMs on forged
cards in Ahmedabad. This person has not yet been identified,"
"We have informed the British embassy about the arrests and
have also seized their passports, which have visas valid up to August,
2007," said Chudasma.