Pune: Cyber fraud of Rs 18 lakh on the pretext of sim-card upgrading

ST Staff
Friday, 5 June 2020

According to police, “Kulkarni had received a call from an unknown person who personified customer care of a mobile company some couple of months ago."

Pune: Beware henceforth if received a call under the name of upgrading sim card and sharing confidential details, you might land into trouble. Under the pretext of upgrading sim card of the mobile company, data was stolen from the same number and a Kothrud-based resident was duped of Rs 18 lakhs.

The incident came to light, after Sachin Kulkarni (45), a resident of Kothrud lodged an FIR with Kothrud police station.

According to police, “Kulkarni had received a call from an unknown person who personified customer care of a mobile company some couple of months ago. He was asked if he wanted to upgrade his sim from 3G to 4G based on which Kulkarni responded to him and sent a message to the concerned company asking him to change his mobile number. The thief then sent a message to his mobile and asked him to turn off the mobile by clicking on the yes button.”

Senior Inspector Kiran Balwadkar, who is investigating the case, said, “As soon as Kulkarni pressed the yes button, the thieves stole all the information from the mobile. After that the amount of Rs. 1. 80 lakh was withdrawn through net banking by changing the SIM card number. Two days later, he took a loan of Rs 16.45 lakh from the bank account of the complainant and withdrew that amount from the bank account. In this way, the cybercriminals have managed to steal a total of Rs. 18.25 lakh. Due to the lockdown, Kulkarni did not notice this initially.”

Balwadkar said that the bank officials are providing instant personal loans in the stressful lockdown market. 

“Meanwhile, after scrutinising and checking his bank account, he was found to have been created. The bank officials said that the bank was giving instant personal loans to the customer through net banking. We are probing it,” he added.

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