India gets its first cyber convict

Thursday, 6 February 2003, 1:14 PM EST

A 24-year-old engineer from Delhi has earned the dubious distinction of being the first person in India to be convicted for a cyber crime. A city court convicted Asif Azim for using an American citizen's credit card to make an online purchase.

Metropolitan magistrate Gulshan Kumar convicted Azim for cheating under IPC, but did not send him to jail. Instead, Azim was asked to furnish a personal bond of Rs 20,000, and was released on a year's probation.

Azim, who worked at a call centre in Noida, came across Barbara Campa's credit card number. Campa, who had a problem with her card billing, had consulted the call centre in May 2002. Since it was Azim who attended her call, he managed to talk her into revealing key details of her card on the pretext of updating billing data.

Armed with the information, on May 8, 2002, Azim bought an 85-inch colour TV and a cordless headphone through, a Sony web site for NRIs. The cost of both items: $578.

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