Credit card 'cloning' racket busted in Agra
The Jaipur Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajasthan has busted
out credit card 'cloning' racket with the arrest of a hotel staffer and
a trader. According to police sources, the hotel staffer has been identified
as Hoshiyar Singh. Police have recovered 75 duplicate cards, several laptops
and six skimmers from eleven people. The racket was in operation for over
a year, and successfully cheated tourists of over Rs. 1.5 crore. Foreign
tourists from the US, UK, France, Japan, Israel, Malaysia and Germany
were most of the victims. The racket involved collecting a credit card
from an unsuspecting tourist, handing it over to a hotel waiter or counter
clerk for payment of a bill. Following card verification, the card was
passed through a scanner that copied the encrypted data in the cards.
The scanners were imported from Thailand.
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