The Mumbai Police Cyber Crime Investigation Cell arrested a Chennai-based engineering college dropout Vivek Manoharan (24) on Monday after he was allegedly found memorising debit card details of unsuspecting customers at ATMs and making purchases.
A team of officers from Andhra Pradesh,Kerala and Tamil Nadu arrested Manoharan after a long chase. He will be brought to Mumbai on Tuesday for interrogation.
According to Mumbais Cyber Crime unit officers,a government officer approached them last June after he found that someone had wiped his savings from his bank account.
The complainant had got a call from the Chennai police after they found that an accused they had arrested in an earlier case had his debit card details.
The complainant,a 69-year-old retired official had gone to Tirupati and used an ATM there.
Investigations revealed that the ATM card details were used at three separate places with the accused using the details for online booking.
We will now wait to see if there are more like him. Initial enquiry revealed that he was shunned by his family. He was an engineering student who dropped out of college and wanted easy money, said a cyber cell officer.
In the past few months,cases of ATM thefts have increased with fraudulent persons peaking into details of ATM cards while a transaction is being swiped.
The RBI has come out with repeated warnings to ensure that secrecy is maintained during ATM transactions.