Accused blocked Thane victim’s SIM after transferring money

Tazdar,along with Salim Syed,was arrested on Tuesday last week.

Written by Gautam S Mengle | Mumbai | Published:October 25, 2013 1:05 am

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch,while investigating the money siphoning scam in which actor Raveena Tandon’s husband Anil Thadani was a victim,has found another interesting case against main accused Muzammil Tazdar,in which he not only transferred Rs 52 lakh from a Thane-based businessman’s account but also had his SIM card blocked so that the victim could not receive alerts.

Tazdar,along with Salim Syed,was arrested on Tuesday last week.

“The complaint with the Thane police is against Sumit Gupta,who is in fact Tazdar. He stole Rs 52 lakh from a businessman in September and a complaint was registered with the Thane Nagar police station,which was transferred to the Thane Cyber Crime Cell,” said an officer with the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. “The account in which he transferred Thadani’s money is in the same name. Tazdar has 12 accounts in various banks in Mumbai in the same name,and has fake identities,with PAN cards and other documents to back them up.”

Senior inspector V N Karkud,Thane Cyber Crime Investigation Cell,said Tazdar had used hacking as well as impersonation to pull off the crime. “Tazdar hacked into the complainant’s account and obtained his internet banking password. We are not sure how he did that,but hacking his computer by sending a trojan via email is the strongest possibility. He then posed as the complainant and reported his cellphone stolen,after which he contacted the service provider and told them to block the SIM card on September 7. The same evening,he transferred Rs 7 lakh from the complainant’s account to an account in the name of Sunil Gupa in the same bank,” Karkud said.

The police said the first transaction was made before the complainant’s SIM card blocking process was complete,and he even received a text alert from his bank. He assumed that one of his employees had made the transaction for official reasons. His SIM card was blocked soon after that and he left for Goa the next day. He only learned about it after he returned from Goa.

An officer with the Mumbai Crime Branch said Tazdar might not necessarily have hacked the victim’s account. “He may have hacked the customer information database of the bank to obtain the details,” said the officer.

Officers recalled that even while being admitted to hospital the day that Tazdar was nabbed,he gave his name as ‘Sahil’. “Tazdar has PAN cards and voter id cards in the names of Sumit Gupta,Kamal Varghese,Harsh Bajaj,Rishi Bajaj,Ravi Rathod,Vishal Pujari,Sumit Singh and Prakash Xavier,” the officer said.

gautam.mengle@expressindia.com

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