CHENNAI: The police on Wednesday arrested a Singapore-based Chinese national for using a fake credit card to buy gold jewels from a shop in Purasawalkam.
According to the police, T Tan Koh Yu (28) was nabbed from a mansion in Vepery and four fake credit cards and two mobile phones recovered. Inquiries revealed that he had bought the fake cards from a person in Singapore.
On Wednesday, the police said, Tan went to a shop in Purasawalkam, ordered a jewel and paid with a Bangladeshi credit card. When the card was rejected for insufficient funds, officials at the private bank that issued the card contacted the person whose name was on it. The latter said he indeed possessed the card and that he had never been to Chennai. The officials then realised the card had been cloned and informed the police. The latter registered a case, conducted investigations and nabbed the Chinese national. He was later remanded in judicial custody.
The police, meanwhile, have suggested to shop-keepers in the city ways to avoid falling prey to such fraudsters. “Whenever, purchases exceed a certain limit, customers can be asked to produce another document as proof of identity. The cashiers in the counters should check the identity of the person as well as their signature,” city police commissioner T Rajendran said.
“We have come to know that most of the fake credit cards seized in recent days have been bought in Malaysia and brought here through ‘kuruvis’ (couriers). The kingpin could be operating from Malaysia where the fake credit cards are being cloned,” a senior police officer.