ATM fraud racket busted in Bengaluru: 6 Africans, one Indian arrested

The Bengaluru police have arrested six men from Nigeria and Uganda who allegedly carried out a series of online heists through fake ATM cards. 

Published: 11th February 2017 02:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th February 2017 02:42 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The Bengaluru police have arrested six men from Nigeria and Uganda who allegedly carried out a series of online heists through fake ATM cards. 

Eremhen Smart (33), the prime accused, and his associates Martin Nsamba, Jolly alias Nambooz, Tinah, Kenny alias Ajany, Oloadeji and Vikram Rao, were picked up by theBanaswadi police district in Bengaluru.  They are all aged 25-35. 

It was back in January that a police complaint was filed by a Bengaluru techie, Payal Mandal, about the scams allegedly carried out by the six men. Cyber Crime police found that they used fake ATM cards to swipe Rs 94,000 from a travel agency located at Manyata Tech Park in Bengaluru. 

The transactions were traced back to Eremhen Smart and he led the police to the others.

The gang would skim data from ATM machines and create fake ATM cards with which they would conduct online transactions. They also managed to generate OTP numbers to make online payments. Police were unwilling to reveal more details on how exactly the scam was carried out.

Police said other participants in the racket are currently in Goa. They suspect there is an organised gang carrying out such frauds.

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