FIA cybercrime arrests gang of criminals involved in making silicon thumbs

LAHORE: Cyber Crimes Wing of the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) in Faisalabad busted a gang allegedly concerned within the enterprise of unlawful manufacturing, buying and selling of 1000’s of cast silicon thumbs and activating 1000’s of SIMs by way of these cast thumbs at Bhakkar.


In keeping with an FIA official, a raid was carried out on a tip off {that a} gang was concerned within the criminal activity for the previous a while in Bhakkar as had been forging impressions on silicon thumbs to activate SIMs utilized in completely different monetary scams.


Through the search, the raiding staff recovered a complete over 6,000 cast silicon thumbs, across the identical variety of SIMs, 17 Biometric Verification System (BVS) units, one laptop computer, two UV mild containers (used for making the silicon thumbs), two cellphones and one silicon sheets from the spot.

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In keeping with an FIA official, the accused individuals have been charged with impersonation, forgery, unauthorised entry of data system, identification theft, monetary fraud and unlawful enterprise of silicon thumbs and SIMs activation in connivance with one another.

The accused have dedicated offences below sections 6,7,8,13,14,16,17,18 of PECA-2016 R/w 419,420,468,471,109-PPC and an FIR has additionally been registered in opposition to Muhammad Naveed Ahmad, Taugeer ljaz, Muhammad Akmal Aziz, Ali Raza, and Shahzad.

In keeping with the FIA official, they managed to arrest two accused individuals from the spot whereas the remaining accused would even be captured quickly.

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Each the arrested accused — Muhammad Naveed Ahmad and Tauqeer Ijaz — have confessed that they had been members of a gang who illegally cast silicon thumbs and used them to activate SIMs.

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