District Police Leh today detained two suspects who were in process of obtaining PIN numbers illegally from the customers at an unguarded ATM in Leh town by pretending themselves as customers and cloning the ATM cards by placing some device on machine.
In recent past District Police Leh has been receiving complaints about withdrawals of money from various accounts of customers of Leh at various locations in the National Capital Region (NCR) without their knowledge and accordingly District Police Leh constituted a special team led by Dy SP Hqr Leh to investigate the matter, police said, adding, “Police persons in civvies were deployed at some selected ATMs with proper briefings and these ATMs were under police surveillance round the clock and after a long sustained and serious efforts the accused were finally arrested.”
“During interrogation it surfaced that the accused persons would come to Leh from Delhi for 2-3 days and during this period they would choose some unguarded ATMs and attach their own cloning machine with the ATM and the members of the gang pretending themselves as customers would entice genuine customers to insert their cards into the ATMs (having cloning machine fitted with it) and at the same time they would also note the PIN numbers of the customers by standing behind them,” police said.
During this process the members would successfully clone ATM cards and acquire PIN numbers, police said.
“Thereafter they would flee the area with the collected data for generation of ATM cards at Delhi and other parts of the country and withdraw money from the accounts of the customers,” police said.
Police said, this gang has been active in National Capital and many other States like Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra, UP, Haryana and Delhi.
“The arrested members of this Gang are most wanted in Delhi and other parts of the country and are prize catch,” police said.