Indian fraudster tricks SIM fingerprint database
04 July 2018 13:54 GMT

A SIM card operator in India was able to successfully forge fingerprints by downloading Aadhaar credentials from a local government website.

P Santosh Kumar, a distributor of Vodafone prepaid SIM cards, scanned these prints and printed it on a polymer using a special printer that he purchased online.

After getting a fingerprint scan on the polymer, the polymer was then placed on the eKYC machine to activate SIM cards on different names.

Using these details, he activated over 6,000 SIM cards within a month to get a commission from the telecom company.

However, due to the excess usage from a single machine, the UIDAI authorities felt that something was wrong and, therefore, initiated a probe, leading to his arrest.

On interrogation, Santosh Kumar confessed he resorted to the fraud to get maximum commission from the telecom service provider for activating SIM cards.