Raipur: With the arrest of two conmen, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Friday claimed to have busted an inter-state gang in Chhattisgarh, which duped dozens of nationalised banks in the state capital by projecting successful transactions as failed and fraudulently availing claims.

Initial investigation revealed that the conmen used to switch off the LAN cable connected with ATM at the time of transaction so that they would get a receipt of link failure against their successful transaction.

“Two members of the gang arrested in this connection made shocking revelation that by switching off LAN cable connected with ATM at the time of transaction, they simultaneously withdraw money and get a receipt of link failure against their successful transaction. With the help of link failure receipt, the gang members managed to avail claim from the bank by showcasing the transaction as failed,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amresh Mishra.

The SSP also revealed that the gang learnt this trick by watching a video on YouTube. 

The arrested men were identified as Junaid Khan (23) and Jamshed Khan (28), both natives of Haryana. The officer said that the accused once enjoyed the facility of National Finance Switch (NFS), which is a tool to facilitate some allied services of a bank such as ATM maintenance. They misused that knowledge to steal cash from the machines. The NFS is the largest network of shared automated teller machines. 

“From the possession of arrested cheaters, the sleuths of CCB have seized around 24 ATM cards which belong to their relatives and neighbours. As of now, the gang has tricked around dozens of nationalized banks operational in the city to the tune of over Rs 10 lakh,” informed SSP.

The SSP further informed that minimum two persons are required for committing the crime as the loop in this entire process remained for only a few seconds. 

Before the accused duo could trick more banks in the city as well as other parts of Chhattisgarh, CCB detectives have managed to detain them following routine checking of banks and ATMs, which led to the revelation of such technical fraud.

Mishra also added that further investigation is underway.