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Youths held for ATM fraud

The accused would use adhesives to manipulate the keypads of ATMs and then withdraw money from other people's accounts

Delhi police have nabbed three youngsters, who fraudulently withdrew money from other people's account via the ATM cards. They also recovered two motorbikes, including an imported Kawasaki Ninja, and cash worth Rs 26,000 from their possession. The cash was reportedly withdrawn from the ATMs of Axis and PNB banks.


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According to a police officer, On September 24, a firm called Prizm Payment Services Pvt Ltd. lodged a complaint in this regard. "Over the last few months, they were receiving complaints from their customers about illegal withdrawal of money from their accounts, using ATMs.

As per the version of the ATM card-holders, the keypad where the PIN code was to be entered was found stuck before such disputed withdrawals took place and that the fraudsters were resorting to physical modifications in the ATM keypad," said a senior police office official.

The firm provides electronic payment-related services to various banks in India. They also maintain and manage ATMs for banks.

On November 10, two persons were found around the ATM of Axis Bank at Khan Pur, Delhi. They had come on an imported motorcycle. The facial features of the persons were found to match with the photographs that had been recorded in the videos of the ATMs. They were immediately apprehended by the police.

"The accused were identified as Lalit (27), Sahil (25) and Ranjeet Sahni (22). We recovered Quick Fix, an adhesive used to manipulate or hang the keyboard of the targeted ATM, cutter to release the keyboard of the ATM, cash worth Rs 26, an imported motorcycle worth Rs 325,000, one Yamaha Fazer motorcycle worth Rs 75,000 and one Samsung mobile worth Rs 36,000 from their possession," said DCP (Crime and Railways) Ashok Chand.

A case under appropriate Sections was registered and police are investigating the matter further.

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