An officer from the cyber police station said, “While we don’t have specific data... we have received several complaints where a similar modus operandi has been used over the past few months. Last month, a student from Andheri lost Rs 10,000 in a similar way after looking for the customer service number of a bank online.”
“The manager found that the copy of the passport attached to the application seemed different than the one that was submitted while the account was opened. By then, however, the request had been processed and the contact details changed,” the officer said.
Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar said that they acted on a complaint that some unknown persons posing as SBI Credit Card division staff called up customers, collected card details and carried out monetary transactions through online portals.
The highest ever amount of Rs 28,459 crore is said to have been involved in these cases of fraud reported from April, 2017, to March 1, 2018, the central bank said. In 2016-17, banks had reported 5,076 cases of fraud involving Rs 23,933 crore.
The trio, promoters of Diamond Power Infrastructure Limited (DPIL), had been evading arrest since March 26 when they were booked by the CBI for allegedly cheating a consortium of 11 banks “by falsification of accounts, creation of false documents, forgery of records etc”
Vadodara-based businessman Suresh N Bhatnagar and his two sons — Amit and Sumit Bhatnagar — were evading arrest for more than a week after they were booked for allegedly defrauding a consortium of 11 banks to the tune of Rs 2,654 crore.
The revelations come just days after the investigating agency had registered a case amounting to Rs 19.03 crore sanctioned by the bank to 18 fake borrowers under various home and property loan schemes with concessional interest rates in 2013 and 2016.