Mewat village turns ATM scammers’ hub

Sumedha Sharma

Tribune News Service

Gurugram, September 2

In what has set the alarm bells ringing for the Haryana Police, a quaint village in Hodal block of Mewat appears to be rising as the subsequent Jamtara — a Jharkhand city infamous for cyber crime. Having adopted an organised syndicate mannequin, over 200 youth of Ghaghot village in Palwal are committing ATM frauds throughout the area.

The concern has been delivered to the discover of the state DGP by the police of varied states, together with Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab and even Haryana.

Inhabited by round 600 folks, the Meo Muslim village has at the least one man from every household concerned within the criminal activity. The syndicate deputes members to numerous cities having folks with low-tech consciousness. They both clone or swap ATM playing cards whereas pretending to assist gullible clients inside teller machine cubicles. Within days, they decant the financial institution accounts.

Started by two-three households some 10 years in the past when playing cards made creation in Mewat, this has now develop into technique of mass livelihood. The fraudsters financial institution on both non-registration of FIRs or being booked below simply bailable sections like IPC 420.

There are many circumstances in Hodal itself the place it takes years to register a grievance. Two such complainants have written to the DGP saying their FIR had not been registered even after nearly a month.

The fraudsters are learnt to be computer-savvy and conscious of the functioning of the ATMs.

A couple of villagers took to the exercise about 10 years in the past when a majority of Mewat folks had issues in working ATM playing cards. They would faux serving to folks withdraw cash and swap playing cards as an alternative.

Those professional within the “trade” even impart teaching to children to clone playing cards and violate machines.

While Palwal SP Deepak Ahlawat didn’t reply to calls, a senior official mentioned, “The problem of this village is similar to several others in Mewat — residents support criminals. They obstruct raids, hide them and even go on to negotiate with complainants before the accused reach court. They don’t use phone, which makes tracking them difficult. Most of the fraudsters operate outside the district and even the state.”

Land of conmen

  • Accused both swap or clone the ATM playing cards of gullible clients out to withdraw cash
  • Bank on non-registration of FIRs or fees below simply bailable IPC sections
  • At least one member from every household within the village is concerned within the criminal activity

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