Doc­tor clicks on link sent by ‘bank’, loses 3L

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ma­teen.Hafeez @times­group.com

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.

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