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Thieves cheat banks of lakhs in ATM tampering

Police said it is a well-organised gang operating in Delhi/NCR.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 13, 2015 12:40:32 am

theft, crime, robbery, ATM tampering, bank cheat, delhi news, city news, local news, delhi newslineDelhi Police’s Crime Branch has arrested two persons for allegedly blocking the cash dispenser of an ATM outlet after withdrawing cash, prompting it to generate an error message, on the basis of which they claimed the same amount again from the bank.

Police said it is a well-organised gang operating in Delhi/NCR.

“More members of the gang have been identified and efforts are on to nab them. Police have recovered 13 ATM cards of various banks, Rs 37,000 in cash and Rs 6 lakh deposited in different accounts, and an iPhone 6 purchased from the cheated amount,” an officer said.

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JCP (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said the arrested persons have been identified as Pushpender (23) and Ravi (22). They were arrested after the investigator identified them in CCTV footage. “While withdrawing cash from an ATM, the gang used to block the shutter of its currency dispenser for a moment using some object and let 1 or 2 currency notes to slip back into the machine. After this an error report is generated by the ATM that the transaction could not be completed, despite the fact that they successfully withdraw the amount,” said Yadav said.

He said that they would claim the transacted amount from the bank on the basis of the error report. They even took other account holders’ ATM cards for this purpose and paid them Rs 5,000 per card. “The gang came under police scanner as over a period of the last one and half years, banks had been receiving complaints of non disbursement of cash at ATM machines though on checking, the cash was found to have been disbursed,” he added.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand said the CCTV footage also confirmed that the cash was being disbursed by the ATM. A complaint was lodged in Crime Branch by the legal coordinator of Prizm Payment Services.

During interrogation, the accused have confessed that they have duped various banks to the tune of Rs 8 lakh. The accused would open accounts in different banks and would get ATM cards issued.

“Besides, they would also get bank accounts opened in the name of their family members, friends and relatives to commit such cheating,” Chand added.

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