Online frauds and account are becoming more and more common these days. The good part of all these scams is that we get to learn more and more on how to be more protective and instinctive of our bank accounts and data from everything going on around us.
Unfortunately for Preneet Kaur, wife of Punjab’s Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and a Congress MP, she got duped of Rs 23 lakh from her account on July 29.
How Did This Happen?
Preneet Kaur is the wife of Punjab’s CM, Capt. Amarinder Singh and a MP representing Congress. On July 29, while she was in Delhi to attend the Parliament session, Kaur received a phone call from a ‘bank manager’ speaking from national bank, SBI.
Posing as the manager, the fraudster old the MP that he needed her account details to deposit the pending arrears and some salary component into her account. Kaur fell into his prey and eventually sent her bank account number, ATM pin, CVC number and also the OTP received, to the caller. On the same day, she received a message saying that a sum of Rs 23 lakh was debited from her account.
Learning that she’d got duped, Kaur informed the whole incident to the Punjab police. An FIR was filed and immediately a team of cyber cell experts were put on job to trace the caller.
The Ranchi police arrested the conman identified as Attaul Ansari on August 3, following which a team of Patiala police, headed by Patiala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Mandeep Singh Sidhu reached the state capital and brought in the accused on production warrant.
Ansari is one of the key members of a gang of such cyber criminals who are operating from remote Jamtara village in Jharkhand, says the SSP.