Sobo doctor falls prey to cyber fraud, loses `2.9 L
A Gamdevi based doctor fell prey to a unique cyber-crime modus-operandi. The fraudsters induced the victim to copy a link and send it to a mobile number. The fraudsters then got fingerprint facility activated on the bank’s mobile phone application and made four transactions of Rs 2.90 lakh from victim’s bank account. The police are still probing how the fraudsters managed to pull off the said crime.
The arrested person has been identified as Bipin Mahato, a native of Bettiah in Bihar.
According to the police, the complainant has an account in a leading private bank. The victim used the bank’s ATM and it’s mobile phone application since his patients also prefer transferring money in his account.
On November 21, last year, victim had received a call on his mobile phone from an unknown number. “The caller claimed to be calling from the bank in which victim has an account. He first told the victim his bank account number and then told him that he wanted to authorise the bank’s mobile app,” said a police officer.
He added the caller further told the victim that he would send a message containing a link on the victim’s mobile number. “The caller told the victim he will have to copy the said link and send it to a number mentioned in the message. The caller did not seek any other details from the victim and hung the phone,” the officer said.
“The victim did as told by the caller and within two minutes he received four transaction alert messages on his phone from the bank. The transactions were two of Rs 1 lakh each, Rs 50000 and Rs 40000. The victim also received an email from the bank which had stated that the fingerprinting facility to access his bank’s mobile phone app has been activated. This is when the victim realised that someone has got access to his mobile phone app and used the fingerprinting facility to make transactions from the said account,” said the officer.
Mahato has been booked under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention) and sections 66C (punishment for identity theft) and 66D (Punishment for cheating by personation by using computer resource) of Information Technology Act.
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