Online credit card fraud reported at Ahmedabad
By Vaibhav Aggarwal
Jan 20, 2008
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Ahmedabad: In another case of online credit card fraud, a zonal officer's credit card was misused by cyber criminals to purchase online tickets. A case has been registered with the Navrangpura police station in this matter.

Criminals used the credit card to conduct as much as 10 online transactions and purchased airline tickets worth Rs. 84,986. One Gururaj Kulkarni, a resident of Suvidhi Towers, Jivraj Park had filed a complaint with the police that his credit card was compromised. He didn't name a person in his complaint and said that he had never used his credit card for online transactions.

Police investigations revealed that 23 tickets of Air Deccan were booked from Ahmedabad to Bangalore and from Bangalore to other destinations of South India.  The tickets were booked on December 5, 6 and 7. Police said that at least seven booking agents were involved in the fraud and all of them were located at various cities in South India.

The usual method adopted by police in such case is to track down the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer used to conduct the transactions. The cyber crime cell of the police is also making efforts to get an idea about the computers used for such fraudulent transactions and the place where they are located. The matter is under investigation.

Credit card fraud such as these have occurred on numerous occasions and in most of the cases it was the negligence of the credit card owner, which had helped someone steal the vital credit card details, which were then misused online. Any online transaction using credit card requires the credit card number and the PIN. If any one has access to these numbers he can misuse it online for fraudulent online credit card transactions. Keeping the credit card in a safe manner where its details are protected is the best way to avoid being victimized by such scams. In a scenario when the credit card owner finds that his credit card has been stolen or lost he should immediately contact his credit card customer care and get it blocked.

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1. This story contains a number of factual errors:

If booking agents were used then the transaction wasn't done online.

No PIN is used to do credit card ransactions unless the payment processor uses "verified by visa", only a small number of online merchanst use such a system.
John (Posted: Jan 21, 2008)
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