In a recent debit / credit card cloning scam, the main defendant arrested, a Bulgarian national, revealed that he had been jailed in Vietnam for three years for anti-national activities.
The man has been identified as Fergier Vensislav Donchor, 45, and the criminal branch is now verifying his claims. According to criminal branch officials, Donchor installed skimming devices in ATM centers to copy customer data which was then printed onto blank cards used to withdraw money from their accounts.
Donchor worked with another Bulgarian national, co-accused in the case, who is currently at large. Criminal Branch Unit 7 was investigating the case of a Goregaon resident who lost Rs 6,680 on November 26. Someone withdrew money from an ATM in Jogeshwari using his debit card even though the card was with him.
Many other people in the same residential area also lost their money on the same day. Meanwhile, at least 23 people in the Navghar region also lost a total of Rs 3.55 lakh in the same way during the second week of December.
Their cards were cloned and money withdrawn from ATMs in Jogeshwari and Chakala in Andheri. The bank immediately opened the investigation and found traces of skimmers at its center in Mulund East.
The criminal branch then tracked down the foreign national to a three-star hotel in Andheri and arrested him. The accused accepted his role in both cases, police said. It was during his interrogation in custody that Donchor claimed he had been imprisoned in Vietnam for about three years, an official said.
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Posted on: Saturday December 18, 2021 10:01 am IST