The Mumbai Police cyber crime unit has arrested a 28-year-old man allegedly involved in an ATM skimming racket, after a 24-hour watch outside a State Bank of India ATM centre at Kalina, Santacruz (East). Police said Jamir Abdul Aziz Shaikh, a resident of Worli, had gone to the ATM centre to check if a skimming device inserted by his accomplice was working.
On Wednesday, police received a call from the ATM centre informing them that an ATM machine had an external device installed on it. The branch manager had gone to the ATM centre to refill cash when he noticed the device. He alerted the ATM vendors.
Police checked CCTV footage of the centre. They found that an hour before the manager arrived, a man had inserted the device in the slot of the ATM machine.
On inspecting the machine, police found that the the inserted device copied the details on the magnetic strip of any debit card used in the machine and also a micro-camera to click photos of the PIN number punched in by customers.
“We disconnected the device, but did not remove it completely. We laid a trap for Shaikh when he returned to retrieve it,” said senior inspector Nandkishore More.
Shaikh was later spotted at the ATM centre, checking the camera in the skimmer. “Shaikh has told us that his accomplice, who had inserted the device, had sent him to check whether it was working. A probe is on,” said More.