Man finds ATM card with PIN number amidst garbage, withdraws Rs 6.31 lakh

Balamurukan, Representational Image | Photo: Mathrubhumi, AP

Chengannur: The Chengannur police on Saturday arrested a Tamil Nadu native for allegedly swindling Rs 6.31 lakh from an expatriate using an ATM card he found in a garbage.

Reportedly, the ATM card belonged to Shaji, a native of Pandanad in Alappuzha. The police arrested Balamurugan (43), a resident of Tenkasi, in connection with the incident.

Shaji, who arrived back home in October 2022, had cleared the garbage from his house. Unfortunately, his ATM card, which had the PIN number written on it, was lost in the garbage.

Meanwhile, Balamurugan, who got the card from waste, withdrew around Rs 6.31 lakh from Shaji's bank account within 15 days. The money was withdrawn from various ATMs in Thiruvananthapuram, Punalur and Madhura among others.

Shaji, who had been working abroad for 25 years, received the ATM card from Chengannur SBI branch in 2018. Following which, he went to Abu Dhabi and left the card at home. However, the card got accidently mixed up with the garbage.

The incident came to light on October 25 after Shaji tried to encash a cheque in the bank. Following which, he lodged a complaint with the police.

The accused was nabbed after launching a probe centred on CCTV footage, which showed the suspicious presence of a truck in front of ATMs. Later, the police conducted an investigation focused on truck drivers, which led them to the accused.

Around Rs 6 lakh was recovered from him.

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