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ATM fraud: 3 machines identified in Delhi

ATM fraud: 3 machines identified in Delhi

Kolkata: The detective department of Kolkata Police has identified three ATMs in Delhi where 'suspicious persons ' wearing masks have been found withdrawing money at the time when the duped people in Kolkata received alerts about withdrawal of money from their accounts.

The sleuths of the Anti-Bank Fraud section of the detective department who had already reached Delhi in connection with the probe have collected the photograph of these persons in the ATM counters with the help of Delhi Police.

Their appearance suggest that they could be foreign nationals, which made the sleuths assume that a Romanian gang or a Turkish gang whose members had been earlier arrested in bank fraud in the city were involved in the forgery.

Since Sunday, the police have received 59 complaints and the amount that has been siphoned off is over Rs 13 lakhs.

"We have found such fictitious withdrawal on Tuesday from two ATMs in Delhi, which gives us the impression that they are still staying there," a senior police official said.

Jadavpur police station has received 44 complaints , Charu Market police station has

got 13 while Netaji Nagar

and Karaya police station received one complaint each on Tuesday.

The sleuths have identified two ATM's of the same nationalized bank in the city one situated at Sulekha in Jadavpur and another at Tollygunge Circular Road from where the duped persons have transacted at least once during April.

The sleuths had found skimming machines in the ATMs during the month of April.

The sleuths are more or less sanguine that the card details were collected by fraudsters through skimmers in these two ATMS that they had installed in April.

It may be mentioned that when similar modus operandi of duping customers was noticed some months ago, the police had asked the bank officials to take certain measures including installation of anti-skimming device in all ATMs and deploying security guards in all ATMs.

There are still approximately 250 ATMS where there are no security guards.

"We have again held a meeting with the bank officials and asked them to do the needful at the earliest," a senior official of the Detective department said.

"We have introduced motorcycle patrol by all the police stations in the city who will visit the ATMs in their respective jurisdiction twice a day and ensure safety and security of ATMs," said Murlidhar Sharma, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).

It may be mentioned that the installation of anti skimming devices in ATMs have yielded results as police were able to nab members of a Bihar gang during attempts of withdrawing money from other person's bank account from an ATM in New Market area, a few months ago.

The police have advised ATM users to change their pin frequently preferably during every three months to prevent such fraudulent transactions. It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Police had arrested 8 persons of a Romanian gang for similar modus operandi a few months ago.

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