Online credit card fraud spreads

AHMEDABAD,INDIA : After recording 12 cases of credit card fraud in western parts of the city in the last six months, city police have been saddled with a case in Shahibaug. A young trader's credit card was used for online shopping and Madhavpura police are now roping in cyber crime experts to solve the case.

Nirav Modi, a resident of Spectrum Towers, Shahibaug, filed a complaint with Madhavpura police on Saturday for misuse of his credit card on internet for shopping of household items worth Rs 46,721.

Modi got to know of the transaction when he received a bill for the transaction after getting a call from the credit card company. When he got the details, it was for shopping of grocery, washing machine, furniture and small household goods purchased online using his card number and CVV number.

"The card was used over the period of six days from January 11 to 16. Modi got a call from the company to inform him of the transactions and he got a bill for the same on January 18. He was shocked as he did not purchase anything online. Clever fraudsters also did not exceed the limit of Rs 10,000 in a day and made small purchases. We are yet to get details of the transaction and locate the computer used for the fraudulant purpose," said H L Odedara of Madhavpura police.

According to the police figures, misuse of credit card is on constant rise with as many as nine cases registered with the city police in 2007.

Barring one, police have got no clues in any case about the use of the card and whereabouts of the culprits. But in most of the cases, fraudsters booked airline tickets with a particular airline online as it's the safest option available. But with this case, they have ventured into shopping malls offering online service of purchase and delivery at your doorstep.

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