Steals pro­file pho­tos to get fake Aad­haar IDs

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - Pankhuri Ya­dav & Sid­harth Bhard­waj

New Delhi: Hav­ing suc­cess­fully scammed HDFC Bank of al­most Rs 1 crore, the gang was in the process of dup­ing Union Bank of In­dia us­ing the iden­ti­cal modus operandi of cre­at­ing fake com­pa­nies and ghost em­ploy­ees as bank ac­count hold­ers. The cops, how­ever, were able to nip their ne­far­i­ous bid be­fore any mis­chief could be done.

In the HDFC case, the gang had spent the en­tire 2017 fi­nal­is­ing an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to de­fraud the bank of as much as Rs 10 crore. The group first down­loaded pro­file pho­tos of ran­dom Face­book users and used edit­ing soft­ware to cre­ate fake Aad­haar cards with those pic­tures. Th­ese fake IDs were then used to ob­tain PAN cards.

One of the ac­cused, Bittu Ku­mar, who is at large, was des­ig­nated the direc­tor of the fic­ti­tious Carso Global Tele­com. Other names were for­warded as of­fi­cials of the so- named Eric­s­son Tech­nolo­gies. Then 39 fake bank ac­counts were cre­ated for the 'em­ploy­ees' of the two firms, and the un­sus­pect­ing bank is- sued credit cards to them.

“In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Na­gen­dra Na­gar found that San­jeet Ku­mar and Bittu posed as dif­fer­ent em­ploy­ees to col­lect the credit cards sent to the fake add- resses they had pro­vided. Each card had a credit limit of around Rs 6 lakh,” dis­closed Chin­moy Biswal, DCP (south-east).

Hop­ing to cap­i­talise on their suc­cess­ful HDFC ven­ture, the group tar­geted Union Bank of In­dia and opened 17 bo­gus sav­ing bank ac­counts for non-ex­is­tent em­ploy­ees. Some of the ac­count hold­ers, who were ear­lier listed as em­ploy­ees of the fake com­pa­nies, were now de­clared di­rec­tors of two new firms.

The group then repli­cated the process of trans­fer­ring money into those ac­counts un­der the head of “salary”. It was in the process of ex­e­cut­ing the fi­nal level of the con in which they would have pro­cured credit cards, point-of­sale ma­chines and ap­plied for loans but for po­lice catch­ing up with them.

San­jeet Ku­mar, a grad­u­ate from Vaishali in Bi­har who was ar­rested, re­vealed dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion that he and his room­mate Bittu came up with this plan dur­ing a ca­sual dis­cus­sion on the func­tion­ing of com­pa­nies. Bittu was pur­su­ing his MBA at the time and had been read­ing up on the com­pany for­ma­tion process. The two had be­gun with a ready-made gar­ments busi­ness, but took to crime to make quick bucks, rop­ing in other friends to carry out the bank con.

San­jeet Ku­mar (in pic), a grad­u­ate from Vaishali in Bi­har who was ar­rested, re­vealed dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion that he and his room­mate Bittu came up with this plan dur­ing a ca­sual dis­cus­sion on the func­tion­ing of com­pa­nies

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