Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) officials of Vadodara suspect involvement of a Nigerian gang in the hacking of bank data of European and American citizens and passing them on to a Mumbai gang, which made fake debit and credit cards to siphon off money from accounts of customers.
Sources in the DCB said the five arrested Mumbai men have revealed that two men Faisal and Abdul, who were still on the run, were getting details of bank accounts from a group in Nigeria. The Nigerian gang used to steal data from shopping malls when cards were swept to pay bills. “However, we are yet to know how the Nigerians managed to access the data and later pass them on to the duo,” they said.
Police have declared the duo wanted in the case.
Meanwhile, a local court here granted five-day custody of the arrested five to DCB on Saturday. The agency had sought police custody of the accused for two weeks for interrogation pointing to the complexity of case. However, the court granted police custody till October 10.
Nitin Egale, Mazahar Ali Saiyad, Satish Manga, Muhammed Mohsin Salmanu and Suraj Dantani, all residents of Mumbai, were arrested by Special Operation Group (SOG) of Vadodara on Thursday from the city with 167 alleged fake debit and credit cards. Police had also recovered 547 blank debit cards from the gang.