NEW DELHI: Delhi Police has arrested a man, involved in more than 100 cases of ATM fraud in Delhi and surrounding areas, from south Delhi’s Mahipalpur area, police said today. Imran alias Bali (25), a native of Haryana, has been arrested by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said.
During interrogation, “the accused confessed of his gang’s involvement in more than 100 cases of ATM fraud. Nineteen cases, registered at various police stations, have been linked to him so far. The other cases are being verified,” police said.
The accused told the police that the gang used to target ATMs with no security guard. The gang members would enter an ATM booth under the pretext of extending help to an unassuming customer.
When the customer entered the amount to be withdrawn, one of the gang members would divert his attention and press the ‘clear’ button, police said.
Another gang member would then enter the ATM booth and tell the customer that the ATM was not functioning. Believing his words, the customer would leave the booth without cancelling his last transaction and the gang members would withdraw the money.
At times, the gang would discreetly observe the PIN number of a customer, exchange ATM cards with him under the pretext of extending help and withdraw the money from the latter’s account, police added.