The debit and credit card details of Indians, including the particulars of the bank account a card is linked to, the CVV number, and phone numbers and email IDs, are up for sale on the dark web for just Rs 500, the Madhya Pradesh police cyber cell has said.
Cops in Indore discovered the sale after busting an international gang, led by a Pakistan national and operated from Lahore, involved in it. A detective had posed as a customer and bought debit card details of an Indore-based woman in exchange for Bitcoins. The trail led to the arrest of two members of the gang from Mumbai.
The MP cyber cell got on the case after Jaikishan Gupta, a banking professional, filed a complaint that Rs 72,401 was debited from his credit card on August 28.
“Our investigation revealed that the card was used to buy air tickets for one Rajkumar Pillai of Mumbai. Pillai and his accomplice Ramprasad Nadar were rounded up,” said MP cyber cell SP Jitendra Singh. “Pillai was a former employee of US-based IT service provider Cognizant and Nadar was employed with HDFC bank,” he added.
The gang used the card details only on international websites where the OTP is not required.