June 26, 2018
Coimbatore: One more case has been registered by the cybercrime cell of police against the six-member ATM theft gang arrested from Krishnagiri last Saturday.
The new case is for stealing Rs 1 lakh from an ATM of SBI on Lawley Road here on June 3. The police said the gang fixed skimmer devices and micro cameras inside the ATM to gather card details, including the pin number from unaware customers.
A skimmer device is a card reader which can be disguised to look as though its part of the ATM machine.
“They removed the devices and cloned the cards on June 3 itself and withdrew Rs 1 lakh from three people’s bank accounts,” said city police commissioner K Periaiah said. The gang was already facing six other cases and police were planning to keep them in custody for a week to get more information.
Earlier, the gang had stolen over Rs 40 lakh from various bank accounts using information gathered through skimmer machines from ATMs all over the city.
Police arrested D Lavashanthan of Thilagar Street, Uthandi in Chennai, S Niranjan of Kanathur in Chennai, B Tamilarasan of Chellandi Nagar at Kattikanapalli in Krishnagiri, G Vaseem of Ramamoorthy Nagar, TC Palayam, Bengaluru, S Kishok of Anbil Nagar in Trichy and R Manoharan of Anupparpalayam in Tirupur.
According to the police, the thieves could not steal from a few private banks that had anti-skimmer machines. They targeted most nationalised banks since most of them did not have the facility.
“We plan to convene a meeting with bank officials on June 28 to discuss about increasing safety of ATM centres to prevent data stealing,” the Commissioner said.