Sunday, August 29, 2010

‘Cloning scam tip of iceberg’

CHANDIGARH: Police have called it the tip of the iceberg but their failure in achieving any breakthrough in the recently exposed ATM-cloning scam has left the men in khaki facing the heat.

It's been nine days since the first complaint about ATM fraud came to light. What was initially dismissed by State Bank of India as mechanical snag turned out to be a scam that has left many residents with lighter pockets. Authorities took the matter seriously only after a plethora of charges came pouring in. Soon, customers began approaching police with their complaints, claiming thousands of rupees had mysteriously gone missing from their SBI accounts.

Sources in SBI told TOI, ''The bank received a complaint from Anil Dudy of Sector 20 in the beginning of August. He claimed that somebody withdrew Rs 15,000 from the account of his father Dharamvir Singh through the ATM. But no action was taken.'' The scam reached it present proportions on August 19, when four persons — Hans Raj, Raj Kumar, Ankur and Kulwant Singh — found money had been withdrawn from their accounts.

An inspector with UT police Cyber Crime Investigation Cell, Amanjot Singh, said, ''We obtained CCTV footages from different ATMs of SBI, but are yet to ascertain the identity of the accused.'' He added that preliminary investigation had established that around 150-200 ATM cards were cloned through skimming machines during the last two months.

Surprisingly, police have still not received any formal complaint from SBI.

An official spokesperson of SBI said the complaints were being investigated by SBI's internal vigilance wing and a formal complaint would be made only after a final report was out.

DSP (crime) Satbir Singh said the matter needed thorough scrutiny. ''We are waiting for the findings of SBI's internal probe.''

Read more: ‘Cloning scam tip of iceberg’ - Chandigarh - City - The Times of India

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