Taking steps to curb cyber crimes, says DCP Janaki Sharmila

Janaki Sharmila Urges bank officials told to take corrective measures in the wake of two Romanians cloning ATM cards

By Author  |  Published: 17th May 2018  12:40 amUpdated: 17th May 2018  12:42 am
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Hyderabad: Tuesday’s arrest of two Romanians for defrauding gullible citizens to the tune of Rs 35 lakh by cloning ATM cards has prompted the Cyberabad police to highlight various techniques adopted by cyber crooks and request bank officials to take corrective measures.
The cybercrime sleuths of the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate have started collecting a list of banks for a meeting to be convened soon.

“Once we complete the process of collecting details of banks in our limits, we will finalise a date to conduct a marathon meeting with them,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crimes) G Janaki Sharmila said.

She said that the focus would be laid on taking precautionary steps to prevent cybercrimes. “We will ask the banks not to follow third party verification by an outsourcing agency before issuing cards,” she explained. The police would also insist on installing centralised alarm systems to send alerts to the police in case of anyone trying to commit an offence in an ATM centre.

At the same time, the police will request banks to deploy security guards at all ATM centres and install surveillance cameras as the Romanians had targeted unmanned ATMs here for skimming cards of those who came to withdraw cash.

“We want to organise the meeting with banks on a large scale with an aim to bring to the notice of officials the various frauds committed by cyber crooks,” Sharmila said. Apart from bank officials, representatives from e-commerce shopping portals will also be invited.

A power-point presentation will be given to explain in detail about the frauds. According to the police, the Romanian gang came to the city between February and March and kept skimmers in different ATM centres.

After collecting card data through the skimmers, they cloned the cards in Mumbai and withdrew Rs 35 lakh from different ATMs.

Based on a complaint from a cardholder M Anil Bhargava that Rs 1 lakh was withdrawn from his bank account, police nabbed two Romanians – Vasile Gabriel Razvan and Buricea Alexandru Mihai. Two other persons are still at large.

Meanwhile, the Cyberabad police participated in a meeting convened by the Reserve Bank of India on economic offences. A senior official said it was a regular meeting convened every three months. Cybercrime sleuths are also in touch with their counterparts in Pune to know whether the Romanians had committed similar offences there.