*KARACHI: *The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has busted a gang involved in swindling millions of rupees by impersonating military officials or by luring people with hefty lotteries over phone calls in Punjab.
The gang was capable of even creating fake thumbprints by stealing the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) database, *Express News* reported on Tuesday.
According to the FIA investigation, the gang used to devise a detailed strategy before executing their plans.
“They [fraudsters] have invented a technology that is capable of manipulating the biometric system, Nadra system and other sensitive operations of the country, including issuance of cellphone SIMs and changing the modules of SIMs,” Shahid Hassan, the deputy director of FIA’s Cybercrime Circle said.
The gang used thumbprints from Nadra’s database and converted them on silicon sheets for making the encrypted SIMs usable, he explained.
According to Hassan, the suspects ran their operations through an office in a village on the outskirts of Sargodha.