Maharashtra: 2 held for robbing debit cards from people by offering to help at kiosks in Vasai-Virar | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Two young men who offered to help people withdraw money from kiosks and swapped their debit cards during the lockdown in Vasai-Virar have been arrested.
The Virar police had formed a team after seven cases of debit cards being swapped and used to withdraw money at kiosks in Virar were registered. In all the cases, the victims were offered help by young men when they faced difficulty in withdrawing cash at the kiosk. They would take the debit card from the victim, ask him or her to key in the pin and pretend to insert the card. They would return the card saying that it did not work and leave in a hurry. Within minutes the victims would receive sms about money being withdrawn from their bank account. It is then that the victims would realise their cards were swapped for expired ones.
The accused Rohit Pandey (28) and Pradyuman Yadav (21) are residents of Santosh Bhuvan in Nalasopara (east). Most of the money robbed using ATM cards was used to buy LCD television sets, air conditioners, home theatres and cameras for their homes. Police landed at their homes and found the gadgets being used. The two men used some money to buy gold rings for them. Police also seized 83,000 cash from them.
The Virar police has registered a case under IPC section 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention).
The accused told the police that they did odd jobs but were unemployed during lockdown. They decided to target elderly people at ATM kiosks. A case registered at Manickpur police in Vasai has also been solved with their arrest.
Police said they are ascertaining how these men managed to procure outdated debit cards that were swapped with valid cards. They have been remanded to police custody.



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