Credit card fraud case for college droupouts

THANE: Two college dropouts from Bhiwandi who defrauded an Ambernath resident of Rs 19,000 by misusing his credit card details were arrested by the
cyber crime cell of the Thane police.

Sufiyan Ansari (24), who runs a STD/PCO centre from his home along with friends Anjum Shaikh (26) and Tariq (absconding) used the credit card details of Mahesh Bhagwan Sakpal and took the help of technology to rob him of his money.

PSI Usha Suryavanshi said, "They secured Sakpal's credit card number, the CVV number printed on the reverse and the card's validity date.'' The PSI said Tariq, who worked as an executive with a private bank and handled credit cards as well as details of the customers, had passed on the information to his friends.

The scandal came to light on December 25, 2008, after Sakpal got an SMS from the bank informing him that the money had been removed from his account. However, it took the police nearly four months to nab the fraudsters as the SIM cards were obtained by submitting false documents and photographs.

"The amount of Rs 19,000 was used to settle Sufiyan's STD phone bills. He was subscribing to a phone company which provides an M-check facility. Sakpal's credit card details were SMSed to the bank which, in turn, disbursed the amount to Airtel,'' Suryavanshi added. "Two of the mobile numbers were activated in Bhiwandi and two others at Delhi,'' Suryavanshi told TOI. Crime branch officials have held the cellphone company equally responsible for the crime.

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