Jammu, Sept 14: Bringing in an innovative change to counter the cyber crime which has become the greatest challenges of the time and for the first time in the State of J&K, Crime Branch, Jammu succeeded in unearthing the gang of online fraudsters who, day in and day out, used to allure the innocent persons through mobile phone calls by impersonating as officials of IRDA, RBI, SBI, Banks, Insurance companies etc. and collect lacs of rupees through online transactions in different bank accounts provided by them and pertaining to different banks thereby duping the innocent persons of their hard earned money.
For the last 2/3 years number of complaints have been received in Crime Branch, Jammu where the unknown callers had after alluring the complainants taken away their hard earned money through online transactions in different bank accounts, which on verifications turned out to be opened on fake names and addresses.
One such complaint was lodged by Sh. Vijay Kumar Gupta R/o Luxmi Vihar, Kathua wherein it was alleged he had bought Kotak Life Insurance Policy in the year 2009 and had paid its premium till 2012. In 2013 he received a call from one Rahul Aggarwal, who claimed to an agent of Kotak Life Insurance Company and who asked the complainant to deposit an amount of `40,310/- for reviving the policy in the account of Money Back Tour and also provide him copy of his PAN Card, as the policy had lapsed somewhere in 2012. The complaint deposited the amount of `40,310/- in and after some days he was again asked to deposit some more money in different account numbers which were provided by the unknown callers and in the process the complainant deposited `15.00 lacs through nine bank transactions but the money promised to him was not returned. In January, 2015 he again received a call from one Deepak Singhal, who claimed to be an officer of IRDA, who also asked the complainant to deposit more money on account of taxes, lawyer fees etc. and assured him repayment of his money upon which the complainant again deposited an amount of `22,67,650/- through eleven transactions but again his money was not paid and thereafter, realizing the realities of being cheated by these fraudsters he approached the Crime Branch, Jammu.
Faced with such emerging challenges and to cope up with the swelling graph of these frauds Sh. Munir Ahmed Khan, IPS Inspector General of Police, State Crime Branch, J&K immediately directed prioritizing of all such cases and in the process constituted a special team of officers/officials of the Crime Branch, Jammu under the charge of Inspr. Parvez Sajjad, I/c Cyber Cell, Crime Branch, Jammu, who in close coordination with Sh. M. A. Almansoor, Sr.PO, Sh. Rajinder Katoch, Addl. SP and Sh. Mubassir Latifi, SSP Crime Branch, Jammu not only succeeded in tracking the fraudsters in various parts of New Delhi and Noida area after putting in strenuous efforts but also apprehended/arrested seven of them including their masterminds and recovered about `15.00 lacs. Those arrested so far include 1) Chander Shaker Kandpal @ Sharad Kumar R/o Masjid Wali Gali Pink City, Jaipur State Rajisthan, 2) Shiv Kumar @ Raj Kumar Sharma R/o Village Gejhe Noida, Sector-93 Goutambudh Nagar UP, 3) Anil Kumar R/o Julaghat Tehsil Majalkand, Uttrakhand A/P H No.F-04, J-3 Dilshada Colony Delhi 4) Arun Dass @ Deepak Singal @ Goel R/o B-2/351, JJ Colony Madanpur Khadar, New Delhi, 5) Rajeev Tanwar R/o A-128, G-2 Haritvihar Burari, Delhi, 6) Sachin Bhardwaj @ Krishanan R/o A-66, Gali No.2, Ambedkar Vihar, Johripur Delhi and 7) Pushkar Chaudhary @ Baskar R/o H.No.81-C, Pachsheel Enclave Village Basantpur, Haryana.
On preliminary questioning of the arrested persons it has been found that these fraudsters belong to New Delhi, Noida, Bihar, Uttarkhand and Rajasthan area but were working in close coordination with each other. The three kingpins namely 1) Anil Kumar R/o Julaghat Tehsil Majalkand, Uttrakhand A/P H No.F-04, J-3 Dilshada Colony Delhi, 2) Pushkar Chaudhary @ Baskar R/o H.No.81-C, Pachsheel Enclave Village Basantpur, Haryana and 3) Rajeev Tanwar R/o A-128, G-2 Haritvihar Burari, Delhi had opened offices at different locations and had hired/kept different persons as callers to hook up innocent persons/depositors in various parts of the country. These callers used to collect data of various depositors from different banks/insurance companies from their associates and call each and every depositor/subscriber individually by impersonating as officials of Banks/RBI/Insurance companies by collecting the details of the official functionaries from the authorized websites of these banks/insurance companies, in order to provide assurance to the innocent persons and ask for money on different pretexts which was to be deposited in different bank accounts opened in different nationalized as well as private banks on fake names and addresses but operated actually by some of the accused persons and in the process had collected lacs of rupees by duping so many innocent persons throughout the country including the state of J&K.
At the instance of these accused persons and their relatives the Crime Branch, Jammu also succeeded in recovering an amount of about `15.00 lacs whereas, rest of the amount is yet to be recovered and arrest of some more persons, connected with the case is likely to be made within due course.
Mubassir Latifi, SSP Crime Branch, Jammu flanked by other senior officers of the Crime Branch, Jammu while addressing the press conference further stated that arrest of these fraudsters is a big success for the Crime Branch, Jammu but many more vital areas are also under investigation as serious issues relating to sharing of personal data pertaining to different account holders and opening of bank accounts on fake names and ID proofs etc. at the behest of some of the Nationalized as well as private banks, Insurance companies etc. has surfaced.
While emphasizing and laying stress on the issue he also appealed to the public at large that “come what may” all such unsolicited calls be avoided abinito and under no circumstances the personal details, account numbers, PIN Codes, ATM Card numbers, Credit card Numbers, CVV codes, Internet Banking passwords etc. be shared with anybody including the so called bank/RBI/SBI/Insurance Company officials, who make calls, as such a step shall ensure safety of their hard earned money and keep them away from the unpleasant hardships.