The Hush Post: The cyber crime unit of Punjab police has interrogated the management and waiters of a pub in Mohali, The BrewMaster. The case is related to the cloning of debit and credit cards of 11 persons and withdrawal of Rs 6 lakh from their respective ATMs at Mohali and Kharar on August 3.
The staffer, who belongs to Uttar Pradesh, used to swipe the customers’ cards at the microbrewery and has reportedly gone missing since the matter came to light, police said.
HDFC officials had informed the police that cards had been cloned at a microbrewery in Phase 5. Station House Officer, cyber crime, Samarpal Singh told The Hindustan Times that the mobile dump of the area (any calls or text messages received or made from a specific point) had been taken to get more clarity on how the cards were cloned and who all are involved in the fraud.
“Our investigation shows that a large number of people have been affected, especially of ICICI bank. We have written to SBI, Canara, HDFC and ICICI to minutely scan the (fraudulent) transaction details,” he said.
“Questioning of staff members revealed that one employee managing the counter of the brewery had not been reporting for duty for the past four weeks,” deputy superintendent of police (DSP) cyber crime Balwinder Singh said.
About 11 persons had reported about withdrawal of cash totalling about Rs 6 lakh from their HDFC and ICICI bank accounts through cloned credit and debit cards at ATMs located in Phase 5, Mohali and Kharar. Skimming devices are used for cloning of cards, cyber experts said.