As many as six people have been arrested in Thane District, Maharashtra, for allegedly stealing credit and debit card data from people, including foreign nationals, using this information to book tickets to plane and rooms in five-star hotels and selling them at lower rates, police said. Friday.
Acting on a whistleblower, staff from different police stations have formed a special team to track down the defendants, who have been operating for a long time, said Ramchandra Deshmukh, deputy commissioner of the criminal police.
Racketeer master Sameer Kasim Shaikh operated from a rented room in Mira Road, and police raided the premises on Wednesday, the official said.
Police seized 14 cell phones, 55 SIM cards, 25 fake Aadhaar cards, 11 check books, 13 credit / debit cards and 24 notebooks with stolen data, he said.
Five other defendants were subsequently arrested and an offense under section 420 (cheating), among other provisions of the IPC and the IT law, was recorded in this regard, the official said.
An investigation revealed that the accused had deceived certain companies and that four offenses were registered against him with the Economic Offenses Wing, Mumbai, Meghwadi, Versova and the Crime Branch between 2006 and 2012.
The accused obtained credit card information from certain people, obtained SIM cards under false names, and booked domestic and international flights and rooms in five-star hotels, before later selling them at discounted rates .
Police seized several documents from the accused, including details of 4,718 credit and debit cards, which were used for more than 1,000 flight and hotel reservations, the official said.
Three of the defendants were arrested in the Mumbra area, while a call center worker, who stole data from foreign nationals, was arrested in nearby Mumbai, he said, adding that another accused had been apprehended in Jaipur, Rajasthan.