Staff Reporter

116 fake credit cards, Rs. 6.50 lakh in cash, passports seized

CHENNAI: Continuing its crackdown on the international fake credit card racket, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police on Wednesday arrested four persons, including three Sri Lankan nationals, and recovered cash, scores of credit cards, passports, gold rings and a van.

Police identified the Sri Lankan nationals as S. Rajaseelan (38) of Jaffna, S. Ramesh (35) of Murattura, and S. Ratan Raja (35) of Trincomalee. They also arrested a van driver, N. Pakkirisamy (29) of Mogappair.

The seized materials included 116 counterfeit international credit cards, Rs. 6.50 lakhs in cash, six cellular phones, three gold rings, two passports and a van.

S. Balu, Assistant Commissioner of Police, CCB Cyber Cell, said that following last week's arrest of one person with 40 counterfeit international credit cards, the police interrogated security guards at various ATM centres.

The security personnel were alerted and asked to inform police about people bringing coloured cards to the centres. Similarly, the guards were asked to be alert about people who came on foot to the ATMs to withdraw money. A security guard, on suspicion, followed a person who withdrew money. The cardholder walked a few hundred metres and boarded a van. The security guard noted down the registration number of the vehicle.

On further enquiry, police realised that the vehicle was hired from a city-based cab operator by four persons. The proprietor of the cab also informed the police that the vehicle driver was carrying a mobile phone. Police found the vehicle in Mogappair and arrested the four persons.

Last week, the CCB received a complaint from a private bank that a large amount of cash had been withdrawn from its ATM. Preliminary investigation led to the arrest of Gunasekaran (38) at an ATM on Santhome High Road. Further investigation revealed that the arrested person had acted on instructions from a UK-based gang.

With the arrests on Wednesday, the police so far seized Rs. 7.25 lakh in cash, 156 counterfeit international credit cards and 33 passports.