Crime Branch Advisory
The Nigerian Scam
Tamil Tiger credit card racket
spreads to Chennai, India
14 February 2007
The Sri Ramachandra Medical College
police at Porur, Chennai, arrested G. Elango, a Tamil Tiger agent
carrying a British passport, on Friday and seized 28 ATM cards in
his possession. The police said Elango illegally withdrew over Rs.
30 lakh from the ATM centres of a few nationalized banks and a private
bank. The amount was then sent to the United Kingdom through unauthorized
It is learnt that the Chennai Police
was alerted by a civilian who had seen Elango using several ATM
cards to withdraw money from an ATM centre of a private bank on
Mount-Poonamallee Road, Porur.
A police team led by the Assistant
Commissioner Police Balasubramaniam caught Elango red-handed while
he was withdrawing money from the ATM machine.
G. Elango (38) of Middlesex, United
Kingdom, is a shareholder in ‘Thamilini’ -- a cash and
carry grocery shops operated by the Tamil Tigers in UK.
Elango is from Valvetiturai, a notorious
port for smugglers in the north of Sri Lanka. He is the partner
of the LTTE’s cash and carry centres of Thamilini in London
suburbs - one in Croydon and another in Southall.
After the arrest Police has found,
besides the ATM cards, registration certificate books of two cars,
a cellular phone and a passport. Tamil Nadu Police is now seeking
the assistance of the Scotland Yard to obtain more information about
Elango. The Tamil Ttigers are also under investigation in UK for
operating credit card rackets in Europe.