Five persons were on Saturday arrested by the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch for allegedly cheating elderly people of cash on the pretext of helping them withdraw money at ATMs.
Police said the accused were involved in at least 50 such cases. Eight fake ATM cards were recovered from them.
The accused were identified as Kamal Upadhyay, Arun Kumar, Sanjay, Abbas Khan and Sandeep Dedha. Police said they would mostly target senior citizens and women visiting ATMs. The accused would offer to help them withdraw money and then steal cash from their accounts.
While Khan and Kumar have studied up to Class VIII, Upadhyay holds a diploma in automobile engineering. Police said Upadhyay used to work at an automobile workshop in Noida, where he met Khan. Khan used to take his car there for repairs. Both teamed up to cheat people and make a quick buck. Sanjay is a Class X dropout. Dedha has studied up to Class XII, police said.
Police laid a trap for the gang after a woman lodged a complaint on February 15.
She alleged that she had gone to an ATM in Malviya Nagar to withdraw cash, where she was cheated by the gang.
“She alleged that a man helped her withdraw Rs 500 from the ATM but, when she reached home, she received a message saying Rs 10,000 had been debited from her account. She alleged that after the transaction, she asked the man to press the cancel button. But the accused assured her that the transaction has been completed,” a police officer said.
During investigation, it was found that several similar incidents of cheating and theft had earlier been reported from the area. A team was formed to crack the case. On February 27, police received information about the gang members coming to Outer Ring Road along with their associates.
“Acting on the information, a trap was laid and five of them were apprehended,” the police officer said.
During interrogation, the accused confessed to their involvement in more than 50 cases. Further investigation in the matter was on, the officer said.
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