Cops with the goods recovered from the minor boy
BHOPAL: Surveillance on an online shopping spree led MP police to a surprise catch — a 17-year-old Gwalior boy who had bought goods worth Rs 1.5 crore with international credit card data he purchased from dark net with bitcoins.
It was the first ‘anti-carding’ operation by state police.
‘Carding’ is a term for trafficking of debit/credit cards that are then used for illegal purchases.The boy came on the radar following massive digital purchases of high-value goods, said investigations, adding that the teen was operating a social media platform having 60 to 70 members worldwide. His purchases included products of Ray-Ban, Tommy Hilfiger, Apple, MI, foreign air purifiers, ACs and furniture. Credit card data of people living in the US, Spain, Japan, China and Australia were used.
Investigation into this carding crime started when someone alerted cops that high-value deliveries were being made to a Gwalior address every month. Officers of Gwalior crime branch, and district and state cyber cell units zeroed in on the alleged ‘carder’ who had procured card numbers, expiration dates, CVV/CVC codes, cardholders’ full names, emails, phone numbers and even addresses from dark net and TOR sites.
“He had purchased highquality credit cards from two illegal sites through bit coins using virtual private networks. The boy was into carding for at least a year now and made purchases worth Rs 1.5 crore,” said an officer. The suspect has confessed, say officials, adding that they have come across evidence of a whopping 20,000 carding attempts by him in the last 12 months. “It took almost 15 days for the team to decide to arrest this boy,” an officer said. “It is highly surprising why his parents stayed quiet when he was spending lavishly. They never questioned where he got the expensive sunglasses and other stuff from,” he added. He used to give vague delivery addresses and would switch off his mobile once he received messages from courier companies confirming his delivery. Later, he would contact the courier companies to collect the delivery, said police. He sold many of the items at 60-80% retail value. The probe team included Maharajpura TI Mirza Asif Baig, ASI Ragvendra Solanki and constables Archana Kansana, Krishna Pal Yadav, Sanjay Gurjar, Dhurva Gurjar and Pusphendra Singh Yadav. The case will soon be heard by Juvenile Justice Board, Gwalior.