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Mumbai man dupes SBI of Rs 9 crore with card limit of Rs 13,000

In what seems to be an eerie case, a Mumbai-resident has spent Rs 9.1 crore or $1.41 million on British e-commerce websites using an SBI foreign travel card capped at just $200 or Rs 13,000. The development prompted the Central Bureau of Investigation to register an FIR in the case. It may be noted that SBI had filed the FIR with CBI in this case, claiming that its NRI Seawoods branch in Navi Mumbai had issued a foreign travel card, for which the prepaid application is provided by Yalamanchili Software Exports Limited and database support resources are provided by MPhasis.

“On February 28, 2017, the Chief Operating Officer of Yalamanchili Software Exports Ltd reported the incident to the bank,” the complaint said. It came to the notice that balance in prepaid card system has been altered fraudulently for authorisation of three foreign travel cards belonging to a single individual, it said.

“The authorisations have mainly happened over e-commerce websites of four merchants and involve around 374 transactions amounting to USD 1.41 million. These transactions have happened over a period of three months– from November 8th, 2016 to February 12, 2017,” it said. The bank alleged that card was issued by NRI Seawoods branch on November 7, 2016, on which two more cards were issued to the cardholder.

“The cards were issued to one Sandeep Kumar Raghu Poojary for USD 200. Thereafter there was no load or reload on the cards. Transactions took place in the cards from November 8, 2016, on four merchant sites as e-commerce transactions-, Entropay, shift voucher and SKR,” it said. The bank alleged that all merchant transactions came via Visa with Merchant country code as Great Britain with the transaction and billing currency as USD.

It is suspected that while transactions happened on the prepaid card system, the balance appears to have been altered manually via the Oracle Database access and post-authorisation the settlement transaction and authorisation have been deleted from the prepaid card system including the general ledger entry and so the balance sheet generated on the prepaid card system did not get any difference, the bank has alleged.

The CBI has booked Poojary and unidentified persons under charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and violation of the Information Technology Act.

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