Lucknow MBA dropout behind ATM card cloning in Punjab; 4 others held from Bengal, Agra, Mumbai, MP

ATM cloning gang in Punjab

He used information collected by other members of his gang in a software to clone ATM cards

The Hush Post: In the recent ATM cloning case unearthed in Mohali in Punjab, six persons have been arrested from different parts of the country so far.

An MBA dropout, Sumit Kumar, the mastermind of the card cloning gang, was arrested from Lucknow on August 14. Sumit provided card skimming devices to Saurab who used them to clone debit cards of unwary customers. Sumit and four other members of his gang have been remanded to police custody till August 18. Sumit’s gang included Rahul from Mumbai, Karun Inderpal Singh from Agra, Mahesh from West Bengal and Arun from Madhya Pradesh.

According to a news report, Sumit was pursuing MBA but had left the course after he got hooked on to cyber crime. He used to gather information collected by other members of his gang, and then used software to clone the cards, police said.

ATM cloning gang in Punjab
The accused Sumit Kumar ( in white stripped shirt) , the mastermind behind ATM card cloning in Punjab.

The cyber cell had zeroed in on a waiter, Saurab, in a Mohali pub ‘The BrewMaster’, who had been missing for weeks, and was finally arrested from Varanasi on August 11. Saurab is already in police remand and his interrogation had led the police to the other gang members.

The accused would find jobs as waiters at well-known restaurants and then steal data and withdraw money from the accounts of the clients, the police said.

The gang operated in groups and everyone had specific roles. Those working as waiters used to steal data, while other members of the gang would clone the debit and credit cards to withdraw money from ATMs.  “The waiters used to memorise PINs while swiping the customer’s card. The PIN was then used to withdraw money from ATMs in different cities across the country,” a police officer said.

“Some of the gang members had earlier been booked in 2015 at Thane in Maharashtra,” Samarpal Singh, station house officer (SHO), cyber crime cell told The Hindustan Times.

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