atm: Cyber-crime branch nabs Haryana-based gang which targeted ATMs in Bhopal | Bhopal News

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BHOPAL: Cyber-crime branch on Monday claimed to have arrested three members of a Haryana based gang which targeted ATMs using a tool and after tampering the ATM, fraudulently siphoned lakhs of rupees.
The gang members specially came to Bhopal and targeted ATMs having a particular machine. They targeted around 100 ATMs in Bhopal from April to September and siphoned around Rs 10 lakh from 35-40 ATMs.
The gang targeted ATMs in separate teams of three members each. These three nabbed members belong to team-A while there could be two or three more teams.
The accused learnt the trick to fraudulently withdraw money from ATMs through YouTube videos. They used different ATM cards to withdraw money from the ATMs of a particular model.
In the first transaction when the ATM dispensed cash they fixed their tool in the cash dispenser shutter. The shutter attempted thrice to close and then got jammed. They then inserted a chip inside the machine with the help of a wire. The chip covered the chip which reads the money withdrawn due to which it cannot read the amount and generates the error. The amount gets deducted from the bank account used by the accused but when the sensor generates an error the transaction gets reversed and the amount gets credited back into their account as the machine took it as a failed transaction.
One of their gang members stayed in Bhopal for around 10 years in the past and knows the city. He helped the accused by conducting a recce of the particular ATMs to target. They targeted ATMs in Jumerati, Nabibagh, Ayodhya Nagar, Shahpura, Itwara, Bajaria, Chhola, Nishatpura, Ashoka Garden and Aishbagh.
The bank officials or the cash management and ATM maintenance companies did not pay attention to such a large number of fraudulent transactions. They did not generate any such warning despite several such transactions from a single account. Police have now sent a notice to the banks and cash management and ATM maintenance companies.
SP (South) Sai Krishna S Thota said that complainant Premprakash Ranga, 40, a resident of Bag Sewania, who is an official in an ATM maintenance company, filed a complaint with police on August 13, stating that unidentified accused tampered with ATM of a nationalised bank located in Padmanabh Nagar and siphoned money fraudulently. Acting on information, the cyber-crime branch registered a case against unidentified accused and started investigations.
SP Thota said that on the basis of technical analysis police nabbed accused Shahrukh, Arif and Manish, all residents of Sapanki village in Palwal district of Haryana. Shahrukh knows how to fit the tool in the cash dispatch section of the ATM to tamper it, so he targeted the ATMs while Manish stood outside to divert other customers approaching the ATMs. Arif stood ready with a bike outside the ATMs waiting for his accomplices to run away soon.
ASP Ankit Jaiswal said that during technical analysis police found that the accused used a bike to reach the ATMs. The bike was parked at a parking lot near Bhopal railway station. Police kept an eye on the bike with help of Hanumanganj police for a month and when the accused came to take it out from the parking, they were detained by police. The accused conveniently came to Bhopal from Haryana and visited various ATMs here by bike. After targeting the ATMs, they fled back to Haryana by trains after parking their bikes.
ASP Jaiswal said that their accomplice Inam taught them the trick and practiced it with help of YouTube videos. They bought ATMs from bank account holders for Rs 20,000 and used it for fraudulent transactions. Police were searching for the other gang members.





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