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Youth held for fraudulently using elderly's debit card

Kolkata: Officers of Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station arrested a youth for allegedly using an elderly person's debit card for buying gold from e-commerce websites. The accused person was remanded to police custody for five days on Sunday.

According to source, on June 13, a person, aged about 80, lodged a complaint at the Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station complaining that his debit card has been used by someone to make purchases from two e-commerce websites. During preliminary investigation, the police came to know that the elderly man had very little idea about technology.

He told the police that every month he went to a store, located opposite to City Centre in Salt Lake, to clear his mobile bill. He said the youth helped him to pay his bills.

The man told the police that he handed over his debit card to the youth at the store to clear his mobile bill.

Cops got in touch with the e-commerce websites and came to know that on June 12, some gold jewellery and digital gold was bought using the elderly man's debit card. Authorities of one e-commerce website informed police that a person, identified as Sheikh Abul Hayat Hamidul Kader of Nabapally at Arambagh in Hooghly, received the gold jewellery at the store near

City Centre and at a place in West Midnapore town. The gold jewellery was ordered on June 12.

Kader was the youth who help the elderly man to clear his mobile bills at the store. When the police went to the store, it was found he had left the job. The police found his address and conducted a raid in Arambagh on Saturday evening and Kader was nabbed and brought to Salt Lake.

During the interrogation, accused youth confessed to the crime. He said that the elderly man approached him for mobile bill payment and over the time he was able to win his trust. On June 12, when the elderly man handed over the debit card to Kader, he bought the gold jewellery first and later cleared his mobile bill. He left his job approximately one and a half months ago fearing that there could be police action against him.

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