Mumbai: In what can be one of the most daring act of cloning and forgery pertaining to bank debit cards, a Mumbai youth was caught at an ATM carrying a number of fake cards, one of which included the name of national icon Sachin Tendulkar.
According to reports in a leading newspaper, the suspicious man, a resident of Mahim, was arrested from an ATM near Bharatmata Cinema. He has been identified as Shoyeb Doodhwala.
The patrolling policemen became suspicious of Shoyeb after he was seen taking unusually long time in withdrawing money from the ATM. Upon further questioning and frisking, they came across the name of Sachin Tendulkar on the card being used for withdrawal and are confirming whether the cricket legend’s card was indeed forged or stolen.
Investigations are on to know whether the accused has procured the data of the card belonging to the batting maestro to make a fake card.
The man was also lying about his true identity and carried on him, a set of fake debit cards and driving licence.
"Doodhwala said he got hold of the card from a bus stop in the central suburbs and thought to check it to withdraw money from ATM centres. But we do not believe his claim," said the investigators.
"The name on the Kotak Mahindra card showed Sachin Tendulkar," said Bhoiwada police senior inspector Vikram Patil. "We have sought the bank to provide details whether the card belongs to Sachin or whether the bank has ever issued such a card. We will get in touch with Sachin after we get the bank`s report. Meanwhile we are also getting details of whether he filed any complaint for loss of card," Patil said.
Police also found that Doodhwala had a fake driving license. "Initially Doodhwala claimed that he found the card lying at a bus stop. But later he said it is a dummy card that the bank has made and he managed to get hold of it. Probe is on whether he is part of a racket that steals data of the credit and debit cards with the help of skimming machine and uses it to make a fake card," the investigating officer said.