Ahmedabad: Cyber Police on Sunday busted an inter-state racket by arresting three persons for allegedly duping customers by cloning international credit cards and recovered from them high-end gadgets along with 33 bogus cards.
Two among the three held run call centers in the city and one of them is the son of an ISRO scientist, according to police.
"The trio have been identified as Ankit Merchant (23), Bhavik Khatsuria alias Rahul Shah (22)--both engineers and residents of Ahmedabad--and Shantilal Mali alias Ankit Jain (27) who hails from Rajasthan`s Jhalor district," Cyber Crime Cell Assistant Commissioner of Police KN Patel told reporters.
Police recovered from the accused seven brand new laptops, ten cellphones, two expensive watches and a Maruti Swift car--totalling Rs 13.77 lakh, besides 33 bogus credit cards, two blank credit cards, a data encoder, a fake PAN card and a driving license.
According to Patel, police are investigating Mali`s role in a 2009 fake currency racket case as well. "We had arrested one Hukamsinh Pruthvisinh Rao in that case, who is currently out on bail," he said.
Patel said Rao and Mali flew from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, shopped at malls with the engineer duo using fake credit cards and were planning to sell the equipment in Mumbai before they were caught by police based on a tip-off.
The accused revealed that they recovered the credit card data from Rao who sourced it from some unknown persons. Rao encoded the soft data using a hardware equipment, Patel said.
Police will contact bank officials for availing details of customers, he added.