Sobo doc­tor falls prey to cy­ber fraud, loses `2.9 L

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Somen­dra Sharma s_­somen­[email protected]­dia.net

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.

—AADESH CHOUDHARI/DNA

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Pic­ture for rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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