Guard held for cheating senior citizens at ATMs

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: A private security guard, who allegedly had been withdrawing money using credit or debit cards of senior citizens pretending to help them use the cards, was nabbed by the Chaitanyapuri police of Cyberabad on Wednesday.

An amount of Rs. 12.75 lakh and 20 grams of gold was recovered from the accused, Raghupathi, 36, Inspector L.A. Bhaskar told reporters. The accused used to approach senior citizens assuring to help them use the cards when they came to the ATM centres.

Hatches plot

He hatched a plot to exploit old persons coming to the UTI bank's ATM centre at Kachiguda where he was posted as a guard. He purchased four Vodaphone cards which look like bank ATM cards. “He would approach individuals finding it difficult to use the cards, note the PIN code while swapping them, return a Vodaphone card instead of the ATM card to the unsuspecting customer,” the Inspector explained.

He would withdraw money using the card and pass it on to the next victim in a similar fashion. Using this modus operandi, he duped several customers for nearly two years from 2007 and quit the job. Later, he identified three ICICI bank's three ATM centres at Chaitanyapuri, Kukatpally and Vanasthalipuram.

He would lay in wait at some distance, identify senior citizens entering the ATM centre and cheat them in the same way. He deposited the money in a bank and withdrew it a few days ago to purchase a plot. On a tip-off, police nabbed him and recovered the money.

Stating that many of Raghupati's victims did not approach police, the Inspector appealed to individuals who were defrauded in this fashion to approach him to lodge complaints and get back their money.