In a major card cloning racket, about 50 Mumbai residents have been cheated of over Rs. 9.11L.
An inter-state gang is suspected to have fitted skimming devices and cameras at an Axis Bank ATM on Charni Road (West) for more than one day.
The scammers then copied the data, cloned cards and used them to fraudulently withdraw money from Gujarat and Haryana ATMs.
Scammers steal Rs. 9L after cloning ATM cards
41 Government Printing Press employees discovered they had been duped
The first complainant was Narendra Bidra, an employee of the Government Printing Press. He lodged an FIR after losing Rs. 14,500 from his Axis account in an authorized transaction.
The next day, he found out many other Government Printing Press employees had lost money similarly. At least 41 people came forward.
Amounts stolen ranged from Rs. 10,000-40,000, but one lost Rs. 80,000.
The targeted ATM reportedly didn't have a security guard
Most complaints came from employees of Government Printing Press, which has an account with Axis and is located near the ATM.
But police suspect other banks' customers were also cheated.
Considering the number of victims, it is believed the skimming device was left there for more than a day.
It is noteworthy that the Charni Road Axis ATM was allegedly unguarded.
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