An government Justice of the Peace in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) lakeside metropolis of Mirpur on Sunday remanded three suspects in police custody for every week over expenses of their alleged involvement in fraudulent withdrawal of money by means of cloned automated teller machine (ATM) playing cards.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mirpur Irfan Saleem advised Daybreak that Mirpur police caught the suspects “pink-handed” Saturday night, including that two of the three alleged skimmers hail from Lahore whereas the opposite hails from Sahiwal.
SSP Saleem stated that preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects, who’re a part of a gang, would set up a skimmer ─ a small system to seize credit score and debit card info ─ in addition to a hidden digital camera within the ATM kiosks to report private identification numbers, or PINs, of patrons.
They might then put together cloned ATM playing cards and draw cash from the accounts of these patrons through the use of their PINs, the senior police officer added.
SSP Saleem stated the police had acquired info that a small system had been noticed within the ATM kiosk of a personal financial institution close to Nangi Chowk within the metropolis.
Appearing on the tip-off, the police carried out an operation on the kiosk the place three individuals, who had allegedly come to take away the skimmer, have been taken into custody, he added.
Aside from a laptop computer, a skimmer and a hidden digital camera, the Mirpur police additionally confiscated a automotive from their use, the SSP stated.
He additional claimed that the accused, within the preliminary investigations on Saturday, informed the police that that they had allegedly drawn tens of millions of rupees by way of ATM skimming in several cities, from Islamabad to Multan, throughout the nation.
The senior police officer alleged that the accused in December final yr withdrew round Rs1.7m in two separate ATM skimming makes an attempt in Mirpur solely. The accused additional knowledgeable the police about their “workplace” in Lahore, from the place their ATM card cloning machine and different gear was confiscated.
SSP Saleem additional stated that since there have been no legal guidelines coping with cyber crime within the area, the AJK police needed to cope with the case utilizing the already present theft legal guidelines.
The accused have been booked underneath sections of 472, 473, 474 of Pakistan Penal Code and Part 14 of the Offences Towards Property (Enforcement of Hudood) Ordinance.
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