According to the police, Gaurav used to clone fingerprints for the bank Mitras using glue-gun and adhesive that would cost him less than Rs 5 per cloning.
Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur, Police have arrested a 26-year-old man, identified as Gaurav, who has recently hacked 500 bank accounts by using online fingerprint cloning.
Police said, "Gaurav has learned cloning fingerprints using glue-gun and adhesive through the internet and colluded with bank Mitras and withdrew money from bank accounts the beneficiaries of various government schemes."
Police have launched an investigation after receiving repeated complaints from several beneficiaries, that they had not received money from the government into their bank accounts. The crime branch after an investigation found that the money was credited into the beneficiary's accounts, but it was later withdrawn through Jan Suvidha Kendras being run by bank Mitras.
In further investigation, police find Shivram, Sunil Tripathi, Dev Vratt, Sandeep Singh, Shehrun, Rajveer, and Hukum Singh, all bank Mitras, who along with Gaurav were involved in the racket being run from Jalalabad area of the district.
Police said, "Gaurav used to clone fingerprints for the bank Mitras using glue-gun and adhesive that would cost him less than Rs 5 per cloning."
IG Rajesh Pandey said, "They used cloned fingerprints to spoof biometrics to carry out financial transactions by hacking bank accounts. Most of the victims are illiterate. The technique used for cloning fingerprints is available online and it is often misused. We will see if such contents can be removed."
Five accused Gaurav, Shivram, Sunil Tripathi, Dev Vratt, and Sandeep Singh - have been arrested by the police. They have been charged under sections 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 ( using as genuine a forged 1[document or electronic record), and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code. Search for other accused is underway