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PNB fraud: How the professionals pulled off the con

Short by: NISHAN PUTHRAN

How did two employees try to fool a stodgy bank in the largest diamond house fraud that surfaced on Valentine’s Day, when thousands of pearls and gems change hands across the world?

In raising funds and moving money out of Punjab National Bank, the two employees of the state-owned lender directly used SWIFT — the global financial messaging service used to move millions of dollars across borders every hour — and bypassed the core banking system (CBS) which processes daily banking transactions and posts updates.

It was a ploy to avoid immediate detection: the SWIFT messages used to raise overseas credit were not readily available in PNB’s FINACLE software system as these were issued without entering into the bank’s CBS.

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