BANGALORE: A youth, who is facing eight credit card fraud cases in Chennai including three cases where he had been convicted, was caught by the Bangalore police recently.
The culprit, Manoj Kumar,32, a native of Chennai who is also listed under the Goonda Act by the Chennai Crime Branch police was living at the posh Jain Heights on Kanakapura road and was found moving in a Rs one crore worth Audi car, which is now seized by the police, in the city.
Four of his associates, Prashanth, Dsharath Rane and Rahul Pradeep of Mumbai, and two more from the city Wasim Pasha and Imran were also caught.
Assistant commissioner of police G B Manjunth said the culprit was earlier working in an international call centre, probably of a multi-national bank. He collected the data of the bank’s customers, mostly non-residents Indians’ accounts and he aimed at these Indians abroad to use the fake credit cards which he made using the technique of skimming.
Inspector Manjunath Shetty of Indiranagar police station said that when Manoj was caught he had already committed several crimes in Mumbai too. Dahisar police in Mumbai registered three cases against him and he was convicted in these cases. “After release he went to Chennai where he was caught in eight cases and convicted in three others. The Chennai crime branch invoked Goonda Act against Manoj and he came and rented out the apartment for Rs 28,000 and bought the Audi car,” the officer said.
After his arrest, for ten days the police had been trying to trace the customers of various banks who might have lost their money after Manoj Kumar made fake credit cards of these customers. “He swiped a fake credit card at a showroom in Vijayanagar and the people who are in-charge of the showroom did not even have an inkling except of the fact that they thought he was a rich man. He cheated three shops at Mantri Mall,” DCP (East) PS Harsha said.
Manoj left Chennai in 2002-03 and went to Malaysia where he learnt the tricks of credit card skimming from a Malaysian national. “At first he used to sell these credit cards to some persons in Chennai and then changed his mind to turn his attention of swiping these fake credit cards for himself after returning from Malaysia in 2003. He got married to another woman in Malaysia and his wife lives in Chennai. He confessed that his wife was running a small canteen in Chennai but later closed it down. The couple has two sons. It was a a very clever showroom staff who caught him and handed him over to the police,” the DCP said.
Investigators are now trying to get formal complaints from the bank customers who lost their money because of Manoj Kumar and his illegal act. “We are appealing to banks to find the customers who are the victims of Manoj Kumar. As most victims are NRIs complaining with Indian authorities seems to take some time,” an officer said.
When he was arrested, Manoj was running a fake driving licence racket from his apartment. “He had embossing machines and seals of some of the regional transport authorities. He has been remanded to judicial custody along with four of his accomplices,” an officer said.
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Courtesy: Times of India