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ICICI credit card scam: Police arrests main accused, tracks his location using Facebook

Jul 14, 2013 08:12 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Delhi police have busted a credit card scam involving ICICI bank. The main accused was tracked down using his Facebook location and pictures.

The con man, Raju Tevar, had cheated ICICI Bank customers by obtaining their credit card data. Investigators found his photograph on his account on Facebook, a social networking site, which was created with a fake identity of Raju Naik.

He had accessed the data of 30,000 ICICI credit card holders by calling the unsuspecting customer seeking details. The case comes in the backdrop of a similar case where a school dropout fraudster was arrested with data of whopping 30,000 customers.

In one of his illegal transactions, he used a Delhi woman's credit card to pay Rs.44,911 electricity bill in his state, police said. Tevar was earlier acquitted in four criminal cases, including murder. He also spent 14 months in a jail in Maharashtra, police said.

Tevar was arrested on a complaint by Abhya Srivastava, resident of central Delhi's Janpath, whose credit card details were obtained by the accused in April on the pretext of blocking her card by telling her that someone had made an online purchase from her card.

"He, claiming to be an ICICI Bank employee, assured the victim to refund her money. But just after getting the card details, he made an electricity bill payment of Rs.44,911 to Maharashtra district electricity board," said S.B.S. Tyagi, deputy commissioner of police.

"There is a strong possibility of the involvement of employees of the ICICI Bank," he said.

The accused disclosed that he had been carrying out the internet transactions for the last one year and duped several people to the tune of over Rs.1 crore, Tyagi said.

(with additional inputs from IANS)