Colaba police probing the case of fraudulent withdrawal of money from 37 Axis Bank accounts through a skimming device have sent a letter rogatory to the Bulgarian government to issue a blue corner notice against two of its nationals.
The duo,identified as Evanov,27 and Tsenev,28,allegedly used a skimming device between April 7 and April 29 and cloned debit cards of 37 account holders from the banks Colaba ATM centre. The duo also allegedly withdrew money from eight other ATMs in Greece after cloning debit cards,police said.
Additional Commissioner of Police (South region) Krishna Prakash said,CCTV footage showed the duo inserting the skimming device on April 7 and removing it on April 12. They were seen planting the device on April 13 and removing it on April 16 and on other occasions till April 19.
The operation took about five minutes each time the duo entered the ATM centre and exited, he added. There are other ATM centres also that were targeted by unidentified men and we are scanning CCTV footage of the centres, said an officer from Colaba police station.
The two accused entered the country on April 4 on tourist visas and stayed in four hotels in the city before they left India,police said.
After identifying the two accused,police contacted immigration department. Police also visited the south Mumbai hotels where the duo allegedly stayed. As the hotels had passport copies and identity card copies of the duo,staff at all four hotels identified them, said Prakash.