On Monday, Finger cloning cyber criminals got busted by Haryana Police in Palwal. The police arrested five persons, includes a woman too, the district police have informed that these cyber criminals are victims for committing a fraud of Rs 31 lakh in a span of seven days.

What’s the case?

According to SP Deepak Gahlawat, the gang committed the fraud online by decoding the Aadhar enabled payment system (AEPS) and withdrew the money without any trace. Disclosing that while the money was withdrawn fraudulently between May 24 and June 2, he said the gang could have duped many more, if it was not caught in time. Though no cash has been recovered, the police have frozen the account having an amount of Rs 10 lakh lump sum.

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The accused gang members

As per SP Gahlawat said-

“some more accounts of the accused who are identified as Rohit Tyagi (33), Chitranjan (28),Amir Husain (27), Kiran (28) and Tula Ram (40) which are to be accessed, are expected to lead to the recovery of more money.”

While Rohit belongs to Ghaziabad, Chitranjan, Amir and Kiran are from Delhi. The fifth accused Tula Ram, who is a local resident, has reported to have helped in providing the records of the customers.

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The evidences found and how the gang executed the fraud

As for the evidences, the copies of the land registration deeds were acquired from record room here by the accused who prepared a rubber clone of the finger print on the document with the help of a machine and shortlisted the Aadhar numbers linked to the respective bank accounts.

SP said as the AEPS requires an electronic transaction processing platform, accounts were created online by submitting the documents. The fraudsters used the App of the electronic transaction processing platform and began the transactions using a biometric device and cloned rubber finger print.

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As soon as the transaction got completed, money went into the wallet of the electronic platform from then it was transferred into the bank account which they assigned. The electronic transaction processing platform is used well with the help of Apps like Payworld and Fingpay.

With 230 rubber finger prints recovered he said the arrest has prevented a fraud up to the extent of Rs 3 crore. The only inputs required for a customer to do a transaction under the AEPS mode are IIN (identification of the customer’s bank), Aadhar number and fingerprint, which made the criminals to work with the technology, the way they wanted.

A bio-metric machine, 11 debit cards, 270 SIM cards, clone rubber stamp machine, a laptop, scanner, 10 copies of land registration and some bank documents have been recovered. The accused have been remanded in five-day police custody.