There has been a surge in the registered multiple cyber fraud cases in the financial capital. The cases especially include the theft of bank details and KYC frauds.
As many as 40 multiple cases of losing money after clicking on links sent by scammers have been registered in the city’s police stations.
In one such latest incident, the fraudster has stooped to another level as they even gave a free smartphone to a victim to steal money from her.
Fraudster Offers Android Phone to Victim Before Stealing From Her
In the month of January this year, the fraudster ‘Saurabh Sharma’ who introduced himself as a bank employee approached a 40-year-old woman from Panvel, offered her a credit card that would also give her a membership to a sports club in the city, to which she agreed.
Since the women earlier used an iPhone, the woman was offered Android device by the fraudster as he told the victim that the credit card can only be activated using an Android device. In addition to this, he also said that the women can use the android phone even after the activation of credit card.
The fraudster already had her home address as well as her Aadaar and other details with him for the credit card.
On the day, she received the phone, the phone had two apps -DOT Secure and Secure Envoy Authenticator – installed.
After she inserted the sim card into the android phone and followed the instructions provided by the scammer to complete the activation process, few hours later only she received two messages about bank transactions.
The Victim Duped of 7 Lacks Using Credit Card
The fraudster allegedly made a purchase of 7 lacks using her credit card at a jewellery shop in Bangalore.
She could not verify the transaction details on the same day as the banks were already closed. She approached the banks on the next day, collected details of transactions and filed a complaint with the Khandeshwar police.
A case under sections 419 and 420 of IPC and 66 (C) of the IT Act has been registered and an investigation is underway.
In the past few days, the city has seen a spike in KYC fraud cases. Several city residents lost huge amounts of money, totalling lakhs.