Online racket busted, three Nigerians held

 The police on Friday busted an online racket and arrested three people from Nigeria.

The police have recovered Rs 19 lakh from Martin and his two associates, whose names are yet to be ascertained. Some of Martin’s associates have been absconding in Goa and a team from the city police will soon leave for Goa to arrest them.

The suspects operated a matrimonial website promising matches for boys and girls. They would first collect money online promising to share details and then abscond, said the police. The suspects had installed skimming devices inside some of the ATM kiosks in the city. These devices would read and record PIN number on ATM cards. The suspects would collect the data recorded to prepare duplicate ATM cards. They would use the cards to shop and withdraw money, said the police.

They had cheated a man from Banaswadi promising that they would share the details of a girl he had liked, for the wedding. They had collected money from him and had later absconded. He approached the police and lodged a complaint. The police formed a special team, which arrested the three suspects.

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