Online fraudster held in Adilabad, Rs 3.80 lakh recovered


Adilabad: An online fraudster, a member of a notorious gang that was siphoning off funds from gullible public, was arrested by the Adilabad police here on Saturday. According to the police, the gang had fleeced many of money by collecting information on ATM cards by posing as representatives of banks. The police recovered Rs 3.80 lakh and 34 ATM cards from his possession. Another suspect is still at large.

Disclosing this to pressmen, Superintendent of Police M Sreenivas said that the accused were Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Tirpalli area of Adilabad town and Jagjeeth, a native of Haryana. Jagjeeth is absconding. A special team comprising Adilabad DSP K Narasimha Reddy, inspectors V Suresh and T Swamy apprehended Sandeep, following a tip-off.

Sreenivas informed that both Jagjeeth and Sandeep had been siphoning funds from accounts of customers of various banks by collecting information relating to ATM cards by posing as representatives of the banks. The duo confessed that they had duped 11 persons belonging to the district and thus drew Rs 5.80 lakh from their accounts, in the past few months.

According to modus operandi of the two, the fraudsters would phone customers of banks stating that their ATM cards were blocked. They would hand over duplicate cards and steal the data relating to the original ones. Then, they either transfer or spend the funds found on the accounts of the victims.