69 Year Old Mumbai Doctor Robbed Of Rs 17 Lakh In eWallet KYC Scam: He Did This Major Blunder
No one is safe from Internet fraud and thefts! Not even you!
Since the dawn and fame of the Internet, thieves have invented new ways to rob people to gain easy money. Internet fraud being one of them.
Last month, the news of a Bengaluru-based techie robbed of money surfaced. And many such incidents can be read in the news daily!
Recently, a 69 year old doctor fell prey to such a fraud when the caller claimed to be an executive from a popular eWallet service provider.
This is how the Doctor from Mumbai was Robbed of Rs 17 Lakh!
Dr Prakash Madhav Amberdekar is a resident of LJ Road in Mahim (West) and is an anaesthesiologist and consulting doctor with various hospitals.
The FIR registered by Dr Amberdekar states that on January 8, 2020 he got a phone call from a person claiming to be an executive from an eWallet operator. The executive gave him instructions on how to link bank accounts to the eWallet to avail benefits. Dr. Amberdekar shared his bank account details during the call after which he started receiving OTP messages.
The doctor sensing something fishy, changed the password of his netbanking account after which he stopped receiving OTPs and the caller also disconnected the call.
After some time, the doctor again started receiving OTPs. He then contacted the bank and got his netbanking account blocked.
Dr Amberdekar has a bank account in State Bank of India, Mahim branch. His daughter Prachi, an Ophthalmologist living in Kurla, and his son Pranit, an engineer living in the United States, also have their accounts in the same branch. Amberdekar has his mobile number registered with all these three bank accounts.
On January 21, 2020 when the victim went to check the online status of a cheque deposited for clearing, he got to know that someone had illegally transferred funds from his son’s and daughter’s bank accounts.
The fraudsters had stolen a total on Rs 16.90 lakh from the two accounts.
Dr. Amberdekar reported the matter to the bank stating the transactions to be unauthorized transactions after which he informed the police.
The Mahim police have registered a case under sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating) of Indian Penal Code and 66C (identity theft) and 66D (cheating by personation by using computer resource) of Information Technology Act against the unknown suspect.
The police are curious as to how the money got transferred if the OTP details were not shared with the suspect. The victim has not stated in his statement however that he didn’t share the OTP details.
The police officer from Mahim Police Station said, “We are in process of seeking details of the fraudulent transactions and the details of the beneficiary bank accounts, from the bank.”
How To Avoid Internet Frauds?
- Do not share account information like cvv, otp, expiry date, etc with anyone. No bank employee or online payment app employee is authorized to ask such information.
- Do not connect with the bank or any online payment app by searching for customer care numbers on Google or social media platforms.
- Do not pick up calls from unidentified numbers claiming to be bank or online payment app.
- Do not enter UPI pin or pay money when you are receiving money.
- Do not install third party apps like Screenshare, Teamviewer, etc