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.
Some of the account heads/names and numbers which have surfaced are Money Back Club A/c No. 50200008183295 HDFC Bank, New Delhi, Money Back Tour and Travels A/c No. 914020033747174 UTI, Money Back Tour and Travels A/c No. 50200009292694 HDFC Bank, Sharad Kumar Sharma A/c No. 3441851629 CBIN Mayur Vihar Delhi, Sharad Kumar Sharma A/c No. 501000094649410 HDFC Mayur Vihar Delhi, Sharad Kumar Sharma A/c No. 053200101055352 Corporation Bank, Preet Vihar, Delhi, We Care A/c No. 50261229316 Allahbad Bank, We Care A/c No. 083105001047 ICICI Bank, Aegon A/c No. 3427908450 Central Bank of India, Noida, Aegon A/c No. 64168784577 State Bank of Mysore, Noida, Aegon A/c No. 914020057293000 UTI Mayur Vihar, Delhi, A&K Global Solutions A/c No. 50200003707514 HDFC Bank, Noida, Raj Kumar Sharma A/c No.50200008047563 HDFC and Raj Kumar Sharma A/c No.5020000804758 HDFC, Mayur Vihar.
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.