Mangaluru, Feb 28, 2021: Following the busting of an interstate gang engaged in ATM fraud, the Mangaluru City Police today hosted a press conference to explain the complex process involved in ATM skimming. It may be recalled that four suspects, Gladwin Jinto Joy alias Jintu (37) of Thrissur, Dinesh Singh Rawat (44) of Delhi, Abdul Majeed (27) from Kasargod and Rahul T S (24) of Alappuzha had been arrested in connection with the case on February 24.
Announcing this to the media, DCP Hariram Shankar said that all four were part of an organized interstate racket whose modus operandi was to recruit local youth with the lure of easy money. They were involved in ATM skimming in different cities of Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Delhi. The accused attached sophisticated devices to ATMs in the city to extract vital data of ATM card users. This process is known as skimming. They later made fake ATM cards using this data and withdrew cash from ATMs in different cities across the country.
The gang had attached skimming devices in the ATMs of Bank of India at Kulai, Canara Bank at Nagori and Capitanio, SBI ATM at Mangaladevi and Canara Bank ATM at Chilimbi, he said. During interrogation, the gang confessed that they had procured their skimming devices online through Alibaba website.
They relied on ATMs of post offices as these machines do not have chip readers, he explained. As per RBI guidelines customers who lose money in ATM should report the fraud within three days and the bank will reimburse the stolen money, he said. ATM skimming is a sophisticated process that requires technical skills. The case is being investigated from all angles, he said.