Investigations against Emmanuel Alumayer (42), arrested along with his accomplice in connection to a lottery scam by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, have revealed that he had a separate racket running, where he had created a database of credit and debit card details of several people in various parts of the world, which were lifted using skimming devices in collusion with several accomplices.
Inquiries have also indicated that he has stayed and perpetrated the same fraud in six to seven other countries before coming to India and setting up his racket in
Alumayer, along with Ishe William Iffe (35), were arrested from Pune by the property cell of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch on September 11 for allegedly conning a housewife from Dharavi into believing that she had won Rs 3.50 crore as well as a car in a lottery.
The victim spent all of her savings, sold off her jewellery and even borrowed money to arrange for ‘processing fees’ demanded by the duo before suspecting that she was being taken for a ride.
“Emmanuel had sent the victim a debit card to an account with a Swiss bank, telling her that the money that she had won would be deposited in this account, and made her pay some money in exchange for the ATM PIN of the card. We initially suspected that he has a contact in Switzerland who sets up accounts for him. However, we later found out that he has a database of hundreds of credit and debit card details. These details are lifted from cards by skimming devices in various parts of the world, which are installed by Alumayer’s associates in card swiping machines and ATM kiosks, and then used to make duplicate cards,” said a Crime Branch officer.
These cards were then used for various purposes, which included convincing victims of Alumayer’s lottery scam, that they had won a lottery, and that the money was waiting for them in an international account, the police said.
The officer added that Alumayer’s interrogation has revealed that he has stayed in Europe for the most part of his youth, traveling to different countries and staying there for three to four years before
“He has confessed to have perpetrated similar con jobs in six to seven other countries before he came to India four years ago. He would send text messages and emails to hundreds of people at a time, and even if one or two of them responded, he would reel them in and milk them dry,” said the officer.
Alumayer and Iffe are currently in judicial custody and the Crime Branch is making further inquiries into their racket.