The Bandra police on Friday arrested three more waiters in connection with the credit and debit card skimming scam they busted earlier this week. Investigation has revealed that the mastermind - Byculla resident Mushraf Ifzat Ali - used to frequently visit Pune to collect the stolen data.
A source said, "Ali used to visit Pune at least once a week to collect the stolen data, which was maintained in a register."
He was arrested on June 21, after the police received a complaint from a private bank, following a customer, whose card details had been stolen, approaching it over a fraudulent withdrawal from an ATM in Bandra (West). Ali's arrest had led to the arrest of his accomplices Rizwan Sayed and Vikas Shivanand, a waiter in a restobar in the western suburbs.
"Investigations revealed the involvement of more waiters in the scam - three were arrested on Friday from a restobar in Sakinaka, a day after two were picked up from a bar in Pune and brought to Mumbai. Two more skimming devices have been recovered from the Sakinaka trio," said an officer. Earlier, six devices and a laptop were seized.
The police have also recovered 50 dummy cards, which, they suspect, were used to transfer the stolen data that was later used in ATMs to withdraw cash.
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