The accused have been handed over to the Mira Road police that is ascertaining the role of POS owners that allowed such illegalities.He said, “This data was later used to make duplicate cards and steal money.. The police are probing the accused persons’ use of middlemen to convince certain shopkeepers who kept the PoS terminals.
While one of the approached shopkeepers who suspected something fishy informed us, complicity of others where such machines were used cannot be ruled out. (Representational Image) China hybrid injection molding machine Manufacturers Mumbai: The local crime branch (LCB) unit of the Thane (rural) police apprehended four people including three African nationals who installed dummy card swiping machines at several point of sales (PoS) terminals to extract data and pin numbers which they later used for fraudulent transactions. The machine, by then copied the password and the data from the card’s magnetic strip. Once a debit/credit card is swiped and the relevant amount and password entered, the machine displayed an error. Once a debit/credit card is swiped and the relevant amount and password entered, the machine displayed an error. Explaining the modus operandi, PSI Karande said, “The accused with the help of middlemen offered lucrative incentives to install such card skimmers, which look similar to a Point of Sale (PoS) machine.”
He said, “This data was later used to make duplicate cards and steal money. Based on information a LCB team led by PSI Srikant Karande under the supervision of Senior Police Inspector, Vyenkat Andhale and API Pramod Badakh laid a trap near Hotel Shubam in Mira road and arrested the cyber criminals identified as Kamal Usman Khan, Richard Ronald Maago (Nigeria), Hillary Esther Kegan (Kenya) and Sandrick Sam Daamba (Uganda). Apart from cash amounting more than two lakh, the LCB team recovered skimmers, laptop and scores of blank debit/credit cards from their possession. The police recovered cash worth two lakh from them.” The cards were used for withdrawals twice a little before and minutes past midnight
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