A youth who was involved in online fraud through illegal use of ATM card of another person was nabbed by Koraput district police from Visakhapatnam.

The accused was also using fake name and identity for his stay in Visakhapatnam. As per Koraput district police, the accused had identified himself as Sanjay Kumar Swain, while he was staying at Murali Nagar at Birla Junction in Visakhapatnam. But investigation and interrogation of the accused revealed his real identity.

He was ascertained to be Smruti Ranjan Mallick of Nuagaon under Niali police station of Cuttack district.

According to Koraput district Superintendent of Police (SP), Awinash Kumar, investigation had been started to nab the accused when a person named Maheswar Behera of Ramgiri village under Baipariguda police station in Koraput district lodged a complaint that money was being illegally withdrawn for online shopping by some unidentified person. Koraput district police had formed a special squad to track down the culprit.

The accused was using multiple SIM cards for his fraud. But through the data with the online shopping portals as well as tracking of mobile phones used by the accused, police could manage to trace him in Visakhapatnam. Two mobile phones, a laptop and SIM cards used for the crime were recovered from the accused. Police also recovered the costly articles he had purchased from different online shopping sites that included costly camera and mobile phone. Koraput police is now investigating to track down other associates in this crime.

The accused had fraudulently procured the ATM card number and password from the victim for the cheating. It is being investigated whether he was also involved in other similar frauds.

Nine members of an inter-State gang involved in fraudulent withdrawal of money from accounts of genuine account holders through ATM counters were arrested by Malkangiri district police in August. In June, a Revenue Inspector (RI) and a college student, who were involved in illegal withdrawal of money from bank accounts through online transactions, were arrested in Malkangiri district by a joint operation by police officials of Malkangiri and Koraput districts.

Police say the accused fraudulently procured the ATM card number and password from the victim