Arrested !! Nigerian and Kenyan Citizens Arrested for ATM Card Cloning Fraud in India
The suspects were arrested for cloning multiple cards and illegally withdrawing money from ATMs.
Noida police arrested a Nigerian man along with a Kenyan citizen for allegedly extorting money from people by cloning their ATM cards in India.
The defendants, identified as Omon Benson from Nigeria and Johnson Usaro from Kenya, were arrested by police in Noida on Wednesday 28 October.
Noida police said they also discovered their links to hawala traders operating in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Benson and Usaro have been active in Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad for the past 10 years, during which they cloned several cards and illegally withdrawn money from ATMs, officials said.
“The duo were arrested by Cyber Cell, who retrieved 96 ATM cards, two card cloning modules, two laptops, seven cell phones, two cameras with holes, 17 debit card data sheets, Rs 10,000 in cash. including from them, “- said on Thursday a police spokesman.
Cyber Cell’s additional deputy commissioner, Ankur Aggarwal, said 94 fraudulent ATM withdrawals at FIRs deposited in the Gautama Buddh Nagar area are associated with the duo.
“They spent part of the money, and left part for their own expenses. The rest of the money was sent back to their home countries with the help of Nigerian hawala traders working in Delhi, Aggarwal said.
Regarding their methods of work, he said that the defendants would target automated ATM machines in order to repair the ATM card cloning module on the card reader that was used to store the card data used in the ATM, and at the same time a cover was installed over the keyboard. with a pinhole camera that was used to record the PIN used for the corresponding ATM cards.
“After two or three days, they would take out the device and cover and, using data and computing devices, rewrite the card data onto rewritable ATM cards,” Aggarwal said.
“94 rewritable ATM cards were seized from these criminals, as well as three complete cloning modules and covers,” he said.
He added that after the cards have been rewritten, they will go to automatic ATMs to withdraw cash in the amount of Rs 20,000 to 50,000, depending on the card limit and available bank balance.