Bengaluru: The cyber cell of Central Crime Branch busted a two-man gang which was swindling people in the name of getting them business leads.
The police arrested Raghvendra (24), a resident of Hosa Road on Hosur Main Road, and Rakesh Kumar (24), a resident of HSR Layout 7th stage, who are tech-savvy and used apps to cheat people.
They collected debit and credit card numbers of their clients and got OTPs by installing an app in the clients’ mobile phones. The duo had a fake company, Lead Management System, operating from Hosa Road junction on Hosur Main Road. They would contact car dealers, earthmover services, logistic dealers and solar dealers after getting their numbers from Just Dial.
The duo would offer to get business leads for their clients on a commission basis. They would convince the clients to register by paying Rs 200. The accused used a Point of Sale (PoS) swiping machine, which they had managed to get from SBI Bank by giving company documents, to cheat their clients.
How they got credentials
The accused asked the clients to hand over their debit or credit card to swipe in the machine. One of the accused would keep the client busy, while the other would click pictures of front and back of the cards. The other accused would then get the client’s mobile phone saying he would download their company’s app. Along with the company app, they would also install ‘MySMS’ app which allowed them to read them online.
Two to three days after getting the card details, the accused would transfer money from their clients’ debit cards to their multiple accounts under different identities and use credit cards to load digital wallets. The complaint was filed by a resident of Nagarbhavi, who had been duped of Rs 75,000 on August 30, 2018. The police have recovered a car, bike, seven mobile phones, five ATM cards and a swiping machine from the two.