Over the past few months, online shopping has become quite a hit in the country. But apart from the ease it provides it also gives a chance for fraudsters to hack your bank accounts.
The cyber squad of Madhya Pradesh Police has busted the operations of international gang being run by Pakistani citizen Shaikh Afzal ka Shozi, who operated out of Lahore. The case came to light when a detective posed as a customer and purchased the debit card details of an Indore based woman in exchange for bitcoins.
The police have arrested two Indian members of this gang, identified as Ramkumar Pillai and Ramprasad Nadar, following a complaint made by Jaykishan Gupta, a banking professional from Agar Malwa district. He complained that Rs 72,401 was debited from his credit card on August 28.
Both the accused are residents of Mumbai and suspected to be associated with a gang of international cyber criminals, run by Shozi.
According to Superintendent of Police (SP) of State Cyber Cells Indore unit, Jitendra Singh, Nadar and Pillai spoke to Shozi when he was in Uzbekistan.
These members have purchased credit card details through the dark web – a secret world of internet that is notorious for illegal business. The mode of payment was Bitcoin (virtual and digital currency) and if is translated in Indian currency then it comes out to be from Rs.500 to Rs.800.
By using those credit cards, the gang members purchased air tickets and tourism packages of Bangkok, Thailand, Dubai, Hong Kong and Malaysia. In addition, they also made expensive online purchases.
The gang members have targeted online e-commerce websites as they don’t require a one-time password (OTP) to make a purchase.
According to police, both of them have made purchases worth Rs 20 lakh by misusing the details of 17 credit cards. Pillai had worked with US-based IT service provider Cognizant and Nadar was employed with HDFC bank.