Pune: Man Duped Of Rs 93 Lakh After Sharing SIM Details With ‘Airtel Employee’ Over Phone

The Logical Indian Crew Maharashtra

November 16th, 2018 / 4:56 PM

Sim Card Cloned Pune

With SIM swaps increasing, in a recent incident, a man posing as mobile service provider Airtel’s employee duped a Pune resident into disclosing his SIM card’s information and then stole 93.5 lakh rupees from his bank account.

The victim, Dinesh Kukreja is a 49-year-old man who lives in Katraj, Pune. He filed a complaint in the Bharti Vidyapeeth police station, Pune after the incident. As per Hindustan Times, Inspector (Crime) of the police station, Vishnu Tamhane said that the caller posed as an Airtel employee and asked the victim to share his SIM information or his SIM card will stop working. After sharing details of his SIM card linked to his bank account, he later came to know that 93.5 lakh has been transferred from his account.

The caller asked Kukreja to send an SMS that he received to caller’s mobile number to avoid deactivation. Using the details in the SMS, the caller deactivated the SIM card in Kukreja’s phone. The accused then got a new SIM card issued with Kukreja’s mobile number which gave him access to the linked bank account.

A case under section 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of Indian Penal Code and Section 66(a)(d) of the Information Technology Act has been registered against unknown people at the Bharti Vidyapeeth Station.

Tamhane urged citizens not to share any private information or one time passwords (OTP) with unknown callers. Tamhane further added that no bank authorities ask for personal details on call.


The Logical Indian take

SIM swap frauds are increasing in the country. Earlier this year in July, a Delhi-based man lost Rs 13 lakh after a group of gangsters swapped his SIM and stole the money. How SIM swaps work is that the fraudster would give you a call and ask you to verify your phone number and threaten you that if you do not give your details, your numbers will be deactivated. After you give your details, your SIM connection would be lost for a while. During that time, as the SIM swap would be complete, they would take all your money from your bank account registered with that SIM. Please beware and never share your confidential details with any stranger on the phone.


Also Read: After Sharing OTP 28 Times With Fraudster, Woman Duped Of Nearly Rs 7 Lakh  


Contributors

Written by : Uday Bhanu (Intern)

Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi

Related Stories

Supreme Court Refuses to Disqualify Netas With Criminal Cases

Aadhaar Not Needed For Opening Bank Accounts, SIM But Mandatory For PAN Card: SC Verdict

Airtel Muslim Twitter

Airtel Controversy Is One Of The Examples Of ‘Bigotry’ On Display

After Sharing OTP 28 Times With Fraudster, Woman Duped Of Nearly Rs 7 Lakh

Another Aadhaar Data Leak From AP Website Reveals Bank Details, Phone Numbers, Religion Of 1.3 Lakh People

Woman Duped Of Rs 75,000 After Sharing OTP With Telecaller

Karnataka: Aadhaar Project Director’s SIM Disabled Due To Aadhaar Issues

Latest on The Logical Indian

Exclusive

Students Beaten Up, Campus Vandalized: Full Picture On What Transpired In Jadavpur University

News

GST Council Meet: Hotels Stays To Become Cheaper, Caffeinated Drinks To Cost More

Get Inspired

Brazilian Grandpa With Vitiligo Sews Dolls To Restore “Self-Esteem” Of Children Suffering From This Disease

News

Woman And 3-Month-Old Daughter Burnt Alive Over Dowry Demand In UP

News

No Subsidised Ration For Those Who Fail To Pay Electricity Dues: District Magistrate In UP

News

Unable To Get Aadhaar Card Error Rectified, Muslim Man Commits Suicide Fearing NRC Trouble

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.