Doctor clicks on link sent by ‘bank’, loses 3L
Mumbai: A 30-year-old man for a private company in Pune was arrested on Saturday for allegedly duping a doctor from Gamdevi of Rs 2.9 lakh last November.
The accused, Bipin Mahato, who was nabbed from Pune, had called the doctor on November 21 and introduced himself as an executive of a bank with which the doctor maintains an account, said an official from Gamdevi police station. The caller briefed the doctor about the bank’s services and “verified” his (the doctor’s) account number to lend credence that he was an authorised official calling from the bank.
“He told the doctor that he had to authorise the bank’s app that the medico had been using. For this, he said he would send him a link on his cellphone and the doctor only had to click on it and forward it to another number,” said a police source.
As the doctor done that, he received five messages on his phone about Rs 2.9 lakh being transferred from his account, said the source. The doctor was unable to contact the caller after which he lodged a complaint.
The police probe revealed that the money had been trasnferred to the account of one Bipin Mahato from Bettiah in Bi- har. The police tracked him down to his workplace in Pune. Mahato is in police custody.