Cheats use net to steal Rs 6 lakh, behind bars

Four people, including a bank employee, were arrested for cheating a man in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area to the tune of Rs 6 lakh through net banking, police said.

Vishal Aggarwal, 26, Yogesh Gupta, Prince Pal Singh, 25, and a bank employee Jitender Mishra were arrested on Thursday in the national capital, said a senior police officer.

Police said the accused were held on the complaint of Vasant Kunj resident Colonel Rajiv Gaur. He told police that he had an account in HDFC Bank and on September 13, all of a sudden his mobile phone’s SIM card had become inoperative.

On September 17, he got a new SIM card which he had applied for and immediately received an SMS from the bank saying “his request for a loan of Rs 3 lakh has been accepted.”

He rushed to the bank and found Rs 6 lakh from his account had been transferred to the account of one Rahul without his knowledge and consent through net banking.

After investigation, police found that this account was opened with Kotak Mahindra Bank in Noida. It was a salary account of Mahindra company.

But inquiry revealed there was no employee by the name of Rahul in the company and it had not given permission to anybody to open the bank account. Police also learnt that Rs 6 lakh was withdrawn in cash through various ATMs immediately after the transfer of money.

Probe led to Prince Pal Singh who had opened the account in the name of Rahul.
After checking victim’s call details of the period when his SIM was dead, police got to know the phone number was used by Singh and thus he was arrested. On interrogation, he told police that Aggarwal got the information of account holders from a HDFC Bank executive Mishra.

The victim’s SIM was used by Aggarwal so that Gaur could not receive information about money transfer. Both of them were arrested. The cops learnt that Aggarwal’s friend Gupta withdrew Rs 6 lakh from various ATMs, followng which he was held too.

Aggarwal told police that he had transferred money from colonel’s account to the fake account through net banking after getting the details of victim from Mishra. They told police that earlier they had cheated a Badarpur resident Rahul Chand of Rs 5 lakh in July this year.

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