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International ATM skimming network

International ATM skimming network Bengaluru: The Cyber Crime branch of police successfully disrupted two foreign nationals belonging to a wider international network responsible for large-scale ATM skimming, in a major breakthrough.

Police nabbed Don Sabian Christian (40), citizen of Rome and Mare Janos (44), a Hungarian and also seized sophisticated equipment employed by the duo.

Cyber Crime cops bust International ATM skimming network

AQUESSED WHO WERE ARESTTED BY CID IN ATM CASE

The police led the hunt based on a complaint received from the officials of Kotak Mahindra bank (KMB), who initially complained about installation of illegal skimming machines in their bank network. The technical staff of KMB handed over the skimming machines installed in one of their branches to the CID-Cyber Crime wing.

Based on the vital leads, the cyber crime branch police launched a man hunt and zeroed in on the duo, and succeeded in nabbing one foreign national attempting to check the developments on a similar skimming machine installed at KMB branch of KIAL (Kempegowda International Airport Limited) during night hours.

International ATM skimming network

The team led by cyber crime DySP M D Sharath collected the data of foreign nationals staying in the city initially and kept tab on the their movement from noon on September 12. On the same day, at around 10 pm, they observed a foreign national having a close look at the skimming machines he had installed earlier. Soon after realising that he is under the scanner of investigating agencies, he tried to flee the spot in a hired taxi. Police followed him and nabbed him finally.

During the interrogation, the duo confessed that they belonged to a wider network based in UK and were carrying out the activities in India in accordance with the instructions from the group abroad.

The foreign nationals landed in Bengaluru on September 1 and took a hotel room at Curzon Court in the city and later shifted to Hotel Royal in Mahalakshmi Layout.

Cyber Crime cops bust International ATM skimming network

They had successfully installed skimming machines in prime areas of the city including KMB ATM at KIAL (twice in the same machine), City Bank ATM at Garuda mall, Canara Bank ATM on M G Road and KMB ATMs in Trinity Metro Station and Brigade Road junctions, before they were nabbed.

International ATM skimming network

The primary modus operandi of the criminals was to harvest financial data from ATMs in different city locations in prime areas of the city which they intended to use for creating new encoded credit and debit cards. They planned to use these encoded payments cards to withdraw large amounts of cash from ATMs. Cyber Crime cops bust International ATM skimming network

Meanwhile, CID crime branch police alerted RBI and bank branches concerned to take precautionary measures to prevent card misuse and theft.

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