Mumbai: Repeat Offender Among 6 Detained For Stealing Debit Card Data From Foreign Nationals | Bombay News


MUMBAI: A six-man gang, including the boss, who operated in a rented apartment in Mira Road, was arrested for stealing debit and credit card data from domestic and international customers to purchase plane tickets and rooms in five-star hotels. Tickets and rooms were sold to small travel agents.
The accused man Sameer Shaikh (34) had previously deceived Kingfisher Airline which ceased operations in October 2012. Cases were registered against him with the Economic Offenses Wing of Mumbai and the criminal branch of Mumbai between 2006 and 2012. He was arrested in 2007, 2012 and 2019 for cloning debit and credit cards. He was out on bail.
His accomplice Stephen Dsouza, a resident of Mira Road who worked for a call center in Malad provided him with the details of the debit and credit cards of British and American citizens. Another accomplice, Amey Lokre, bought the card details on the darknet using the currency Bitcoin. He was arrested in Jaipur by the Cybercrime Unit of Mira Bhayander Vasai Virar Police Station (MBVV). Special police teams have been formed to track down the suspects.
Police seized data from 4,718 debit and credit cards, 55 SIM cards, 25 fake Aadhar cards, 11 check books, 14 cell phones and 13 debit / credit cards from Shaikh’s home. More than 1,000 copies of reserved tickets were found on the cell phones of the accused.
The other people arrested are Wasim Karim, Abdul Basha and Ismail Kazi, all residents of Mumbra. All were arrested by Kashimira police and taken into custody. They were charged under sections of the IPC with cheating, forgery and identity theft.
In 2007, Shaikh was arrested along with suspended inspector Tushar Kadam for a similar fraud. In 2012, he was arrested by the Mumbai Criminal Intelligence Unit for cloning the cards. In 2019, he was arrested by Nalasopara police for roping up servers in hotels to clone debit and credit cards.


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