Update April 25, 2018

Dhaka 5-58 pm, 03-August, 2020

Mastermind behind ATM card forgery arrested in city

Mirajul Moin Joy

25 April 2018, Nirapad News:The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested the ringleader of an organized gang involved in stealing money from the banks through the ATM card forgery from city’s Mirpur area on Tuesday.

“We arrested one Shariful Islam, 33, the mastermind behind stealing crore of money from different banks through ATM card forgery from Mirpur area on Tuesday night,” special police super Mollah Nazrul Islam of CID told a press briefing held at CID headquarters in Malibagh here.

CID personnel also seized one laptop, 1,400 cloned ATM cards, digital wrist watch used for stealing information of the clients, 14 passports, two mini card reader devices, one wig, one black coloured sunglass and eight mobile phone sets from his possession, Nazrul Islam, said.

He informed that the arrestee, who worked at Banani branch of a chain shop ‘Swapno’, took training in ATM card forgery alongside attaining a three year engineering degree from Russia and returned to the country in 2010. After returning, he got involved in stealing money from ATM booths of different banks through digital forgery.

Shariful used to steal information of the ATM card holders using a digital watch having a card reader and converted the information to empty cards. He then withdrew money from the ATM booths of different banks using the cards, Nazrul Islam said, adding Shariful used to wear wigs and sunglasses while stealing money from the booths.

The CID officials said, Shariful uses a Toyota Allion for his personal use and he has crores of money in his bank accounts, he added. Shariful was jailed for 18 months in two cases filed in 2013.

During preliminary interrogation, Shariful confessed his link to the ATM card forgery.

“Banks should update their security system as over 100 people are involved in ATM card forgery,” Nazrul said.

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