Posing as a bank official, an online fraudster duped film actor and presenter Annu Kapoor of Rs 4.36 lakh by asking him to furnish bank details ‘mandated under KYC’ or know your customer. The Oshiwara police managed to recover Rs 3.08 lakh by approaching the two banks where the fraudster had transferred the amounts, and they froze both the accounts.
According to police, on Thursday, Kapoor received a call from a man who posed as a bank employee and asked him to update his KYC. Kapoor provided a one time password and bank details to the fraudster. Within a short period and over two transactions, Rs 4.36 lakh was withdrawn from the actor’s account. Police said the private bank immediately called Kapoor to alert him about suspicious transactions.
Kapoor visited Oshiwara police station and lodged a complaint. Police reached out to the two banks where the fraudster had made deposits and asked them to freeze debits from the account. According to police, they have managed to recover Rs 3.08 lakh so far. A police official said chances of recovering the amount is high if a complainant approaches them within two hours of the online theft, which is considered the ‘golden hour’. Police said once they came to know the recipient’s bank details, they reached out to nodal branch officials to freeze any withdrawals from those accounts.
Police said the fraudster, who identified himself as Krishnakumar Reddy, told Kapoor that his account would be closed if he did not update the account KYC.
“Once the con man got his banking information, he transferred Rs 2 lakh and later 2.36 lakh from Kapoor’s account,” said a police official. Mumbai Police has registered a case under sections 419, 420 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66C and 66D of the Information Technology Act.