Crime Branch Advisory
The Nigerian Scam
Net con duo in net, associates
14 February 2007
Bhubaneswar: Rourkela police busted
a racket involving an online fraud worth Rs 12.5 lakh. The modus
operandi of the accused was to hack into the eBay India website
and make purchases in the names of credit cardholders.
Two persons, including alleged mastermind
Debasis Pandit, a BCA student, were arrested and forwarded to the
court of the subdivisional judicial magistrate, Rourkela. The other
arrested person is Rabi Narayan Sahu.
Superintendent of police D.S. Kutty
said the duo was later remanded in judicial custody but four other
persons allegedly involved in the racket were untraceable.
A case has been registered against
the accused under Sections 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and
Section 66 of the IT Act and further investigation is on, he said.
While Pandit, son of a retired employee
of Rourkela Steel Plant, was arrested from his Sector VII residence
last night, Sahu, his associate and a constable, was nabbed at his
house in Uditnagar.
Pandit allegedly hacked into the
eBay India site and gathered the details of around 700 credit cardholders.
He then made purchases by using their passwords.
The fraud came to the notice of eBay
officials when it was detected that several purchases were made
from Rourkela while the customers were based in cities such as Bangalore,
Baroda and Jaipur and even London, said V. Naini, deputy manager
The company brought the matter to
the notice of Rourkela police after some customers lodged complaints.
Pandit used the address of Sahu for
delivery of the purchased goods, said police. The gang was involved
in train, flight and hotel reservations.
The hand of one Satya Samal, recently
arrested in Bangalore, is suspected in the crime. Samal had booked
a room in a Bangalore hotel for three months. The hotel and transport
bills rose to Rs 5 lakh, which he did not pay.
Samal was arrested for non-payment
of bills, following which Pandit rushed to Bangalore and stood guarantor
for his release on bail, police sources said.