THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Central Police on Wednesday took the accused in the credit card fraud here to three business establishments, including a prominent jewellery group where they had made purchases using fake credit card.
According to officials, accused Mohammed Nuhman (32), his brother Ajmal (26), and Irfan (28), all residents of Thalangara in Kasargod and B Basheer (28) and N Hamsa (36), natives of Vitla in Bantwal of Karnataka and residents of Vidyanagar in Kasargod, had been taken to two mobile phone shops at Menaka as well as Alappatt Jewellers here.
The fraud came to light with the arrest of Nuhman’s relative Mohammed Sabith here two weeks ago, when he tried to buy gold jewellery from Alappatt Jewellers at Jewel Junction using a fake credit card. The accused also bought mobile phones from Universal Mobile Shop in Menaka and E-store in Penta Menaka on July 27, officials said. Investigators put the extent of the fraud committed by the gang at a staggering`2.5 crore. And they revealed that Mohammed Nuhman, Ajmal and Irfan had been nabbed from a luxury hotel in Pune on Saturday, while their accomplices B Basheer and N Hamsa were apprehended on Friday.
Assistant Commissioner of Police K Lalji is heading the probe into two complaints of credit card fraud, possibly by the same gang. Meanwhile, Kasargod Police and Pune Police are investigating one complaint each. The fake credit cards had been used in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Kochi, according to preliminary investigation.
“They had used duplicate credit cards to make purchases in these cities. But when the original cardholders alerted their banks, the transfer of money was blocked causing huge losses to the business firms,” said officers.