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Phishing gang dupes CM’s wife of Rs 23 lakh

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Published on August 11, 2019 with No Comments

The Modus operandi

  • Gang members call up unsuspecting ATM cardholders posing as bank officials and on various pretexts ask for credit/debit card number, ATM PIN, login ID, CVV number, expiry date, one-time password etc.
  • On getting these details, money from the victim’s account is transferred into e-wallets created using fake documents; most of their operations are conducted from Jamtara in Jharkhand

The Patiala police have busted a gang allegedly involved in duping several Members of Parliament, MLAs and others. Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s wife and Patiala MP Preneet Kaur was recently duped of Rs 23 lakh by this Jharkhand-based gang.

Kaur received a call while being in Delhi to attend Parliament session last week. The caller claimed to be a manager of the State Bank of India. “Between July 26 and 29, he called up the MP saying he needed her bank account details to credit her Lok Sabha salary. He asked for her bank account number, ATM pin, CVC number and even the OTP that she had received on the phone,” the police said.

As soon as Kaur gave him all those details, she received an SMS saying Rs 23 lakh had been withdrawn from her SBI account in Patiala. She informed the police and an FIR under Section 420 of the IPC and the Information and Technology Act was registered at the Civil Lines Police station on July 29.

Patiala SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu said the gang was operated by Attaul Ansari of Jamtara in Jharkhand. “We have arrested him and a major portion of the money has been recovered,” he said. “I cannot comment on the case any further. We are yet to grill the main accused,” he said.

 

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