Another credit card fraud, involves Nigerian
By Ankit Sharma
Jun 18, 2008
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Another case of credit card has rocked Mumbai city. However, this time, it not only involves Indian’s, but foreigners too. Powai police has arrested three persons, including a Nigerian for duping a shop selling mobile phones by using international credit cards.

The police have said that the accused were caught when they visited the same shop for the second time in less than three days. The police have also said that they feel that the accused knew that the payments made through international credit cards were cleared after more than 24 hours and they used this lag to dupe a mobile retail chain.

As told by the police, on Wednesday, four persons, including two Nigerians, visited The Mobile Store at Marol Maroshi in Andheri and purchased an i-pod and three mobile phones worth Rs 85,547 using credit cards. However, the amount didn’t get credited to the shop’s account. When the accused came in the same shop next time, 2 days later, the manager Ketan Bareya alerted his employees, who got them arrested when they tried to dupe them again.

The police have recovered a total of 11 international credit cards of several banks from the trio. The main suspect is Iyo Kayode (30), a Nigerian, and co-accused Mukesh Atiya (27) and Kalpesh Kachariya (21) are both graduates and residents of Goregaon. Presently, there is a search on for their fourth accomplice, Steve Watson, who is also a Nigerian. The police have booked the trio on charges of cheating, forging and common intention under the Indian Penal Code. They have also been remanded in police custody till June 19.

“On Wednesday, two youths came to the shop and selected an i-pod and three mobile phones. After selecting the items, they called two Nigerians who were waiting outside the shop and Watson made the payment through a credit card which he claimed was his,” Bareya said.

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