Mumbai Police arrest two men to avert a major debit/credit card fraud

Cops claim the accused came from Hyderabad and wanted to swipe the cards in Mumbai stores; a police informer ruined their plans

Following the recent arrest of two men from Hyderabad, officers from Dahisar police station averted a major debit/credit card fraud in the city. The accused were identified as Vishwanath Parmeshwar Algeri, an IT expert, and Sandeep Anand Cherapalli, a BSc graduate.

Vishwanath Algeri and Sandeep Cherapalli
Vishwanath Algeri and Sandeep Cherapalli

The accused were nabbed based on a tip-off from an informer that they were looking for someone who could help them secure cash by swiping the cloned cards. Following their arrest, cops recovered over 20 debit and credit cards and a card reader and writer machine. Investigation revealed that most of the cards were either blocked or cancelled, and were cloned using details of active cards using the machine.

Cop speak
Inspector Rakesh Pawar from Dahisar police station, who is investigating the case, said, “Both the accused are highly qualified and hail from Hyderabad. They were arrested on Wednesday following a tip-off. We recovered more than 20 debit and credit cards of various banks from them. Investigation revealed that most of the dead cards were cloned using details of active ones. We believe that they purchased these details from a hacker. They purchased a few electronic items using these cloned cards and were on the lookout for someone who would help them secure cash against empty [without purchases] swipes. Luckily, one of the persons they met and shared their plan with happened to be a police informer.”

Led by Senior Inspector Avinash Sawant, a team comprising Inspector Uday Rajeshirke and Sub-inspector Rakesh Powar intercepted and took the accused in custody after they failed to provide satisfactory answers when questioned about the cards and the machine. Both were later arrested and booked under section 124 of the Bombay Police Act. They were presented in court on Thursday and are currently in judicial custody.

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