The crime branch has cracked a case of fraud by a Pakistan-based operator, who cheated a Mumbai-based TV shopping channel of products worth about Rs1.05 crore by manipulating credit card details of people across India.
Two persons, who conspired with the Pakistani fraudster, have been arrested after the TV company registered a complaint on July 19. The police suggest that many others may be involved in the racket and the amount involved could be larger.
The company stumbled on the fraud after officials at the payment gateway said several persons had complained they had not made the purchases that were debited to their accounts.
The products include mobile phones, laptops, watches and household appliances. Most of the transactions were done between December 2013 and April 2014. The company found after an internal inquiry that nearly 95 per cent of the transactions were made from Karachi and Multan in Pakistan.
The two arrested are Faisal Fazlur Rehman Chaudhary, 31, a resident of Breach Candy in Mumbai, an employee of the TV company, and Ramandeepsingh Chopra, 33, a businessman,based in Patiala, Punjab.
They disclosed the name of the mastermind as one Aftab. Chopra told the police that he received the products, most of which were delivered to addresses in Patiala and New Delhi.
"The investigations have revealed that Aftab manipulated the credit card data of about 80 people from various states like the Punjab, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand," said a police officer of Unit II of the crime branch.
The officer said that according to Chopra, Aftab made payments online. Chopra also admitted that he communicated with Aftab by internet messenger service and gave him the names and addresses of persons from Patiala and Delhi where the products were to be delivered.
Chopra and his brother Manpreet received some of the products. He sold many of these products, kept a commission and sent the remainder money to Aftab.