Man loses Rs 4L to 'net' banking

HDFC staff may have leaked details

A 32-year-old man, working with a tyre manufacturing company, has alleged that his HDFC Bank account maintained with Connaught Place branch was hacked and Rs 3.78 lakh was siphoned off by two account holders in the bank.

Khageswar Das works with MRF Tyres’ customer care centre and lives at Giri Nagar in south Delhi’s Kalkaji area.

He alleges that the money was transferred to the account of Neeraj Singh and Rohit Singh on June 8 by using his internet banking user ID and password.

A case was registered with Connaught Place police station over Khageswar’s statement after the HDFC Bank confirmed that Rs 2 lakh was transferred to Rohit’s account and Rs 1.78 lakh to Neeraj’s account.

Both the accused, residents of Munirka, face charges of cheating by personation, forgery of valuable security and criminal conspiracy under sections 419, 467 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code.

According to a police official, they work with IBM Daksh and may have been in contact with someone from the bank involved in leaking confidential details.

In jail

“They are in jail for similar cases registered with Badarpur and Vasant Kunj north police stations,” the official added. “We are investigating the matter and trying to ascertain the fraud.”

Khageswar claims that he never used internet banking service, but had applied for it after he was transferred from Chandigarh to New Delhi in May.

“I had applied for internet banking user ID and password on June 5. But never received any response from the bank. Later, on June 8, Rs 3.78 was siphoned off which proves that Neeraj and Rohit either got hold of confidential details or someone from the bank passed it on to them,” Khageswar said.

The incident came to light after Khageswar’s debit card got stuck inside an ATM at Govindpuri. When he contacted the bank’s customer care centre to block the card, he was surprised to find out that the card was already blocked.

“I went to HDFC Bank’s Kalkaji branch and was shocked to know that there were only Rs 4,000 left in my account,” Khageswar said.

He approached senior officials of the bank and found out that money had been transferred to Neeraj and Rohit’s accounts. He claims that money could not be restored by the bank as Neeraj and Rohit had already withdrawn it.

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