CHENNAI: A marine engineer was among three persons arrested on Tuesday for using fake credit cards to buy electronic goods at Ritchie Street.
The police said A Peter (30) of Tiruppur on Monday came to an electronics shop and bought a laptop with his credit card. The owner swiped the card, the money was transfered to his account and Peter left with the laptop in his car. A few seconds later, a call from a private bank said a stolen card had been used by Peter. The shop’s employees, who had noted down Peter’s car number, informed the Chintadripet police.
The Mahindra Lohan was later cornered on Dams Road and Peter and his friends A Suresh (40) of Tiruvallur and driver A Mahendran (30) of Surankudi in Tuticorin nabbed. Five Standard Chartered Bank credit cards, one Citi Bank card, one Indus Ind Bank card, one ICICI card and an empty credit card along with the laptop and a MSR reader and writer encoding machine were seized.
The arrested trio told the police they had got the fake credit cards for Rs 5,000 each from a person in Bangalore. They later bought the credit card details through the Internet for 5-10 US Dollars each and encoded the data on to the credit cards using the encoding machine.
Police inquiries revealed that Peter had been involved in a Rs 68 lakh online fraud registered in the CCB a few months ago. “We will forward the case to the CCB for further investigation,” Triplicane deputy commissioner of police NM Mayilvahanan told TOI.