Romanian national arrested for duping several through ATM skimming in Kolkata

WION Kolkata, West Bengal Dec 09, 2019, 08.48 PM(IST) Written By: Pooja Mehta

Sources in Kolkata Police said that the arrested Romanian national confessed to have committed the crime. Photograph:( WION )

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Kolkata Police officials recovered skimming devices, other accessories, magnetic chips, batteries, PIN hole camera chip from his possession.

A Romanian national was arrested by Kolkata Police on Monday for duping dozens for lakhs from Delhi.

“Romanian national Siliviu Florin Spiridon, a resident of Constanta, Romania has been arrested from Greater Kailash by officials of Detective Department of Kolkata Police,” said a senior official of Detective Department of Kolkata Police.

Kolkata Police officials recovered skimming devices, other accessories, magnetic chips, batteries, PIN hole camera chip from his possession.

While sources in Kolkata Police said that the arrested Romanian national confessed to have committed the crime, his associates are still at large and a lookout for them has begun.

Last Monday people residing in Jadavpur, West Bengal woke up to a shock when thousands and lacs were withdrawn from their bank accounts.

Over a span of two days, as many as 59 complaints were registered – 44 from Jadavpur area, 13 from Charu Market area, one from Karaya and one Netaji Nagar area.

According to officers in Lalbazar, Kolkata Police headquarters, 13.2 lakh rupees had been duped by the skimmers and the withdrawals were made between November 28 and December 3 from ATMs in Delhi.

Officers were also contemplating of questioning arrested Romanian nationals lodged in Bengal’s jails who had duped more than 70 people early this year.

Immediately after the scam coming to light, Kolkata Police began an awareness program on social media through its Twitter handle and Facebook page asking people to check for skimmers, suspecting cameras and other devices before transacting at any ATM.