A constable posted with Oshiwara police station recently fell prey to cyber fraudsters when he lost Rs 1 lakh from his salary account. The Oshiwara police, which is probing the matter, said that constable Gokul Devare lost the money in 10 transactions.
Police said on November 3, Devare, a resident of Jogeshwari (West), received a text message on his cellphone stating that Rs 100 has been withdrawn from his bank account. “Before I could react, a second message arrived staring that Rs 24,900 has been debited from my account,” Devare said in his complaint.
Following this, he went to the nearest branch of his bank and realised that his debit card has been blocked by the cyber fraudsters. “Between 1.30 pm and 2 pm on November 3, I received another eight messages that said Rs 75,000 have been transferred from my account,” Devare said.
The constable then lodged a complaint with the bank and he approached the Oshiwara police station. A case has been registered under IPC and IT Act.
Devare said he could not celebrate Diwali this year as he was just left with Rs 14,000 in his account. “My relative from my native place had come over to celebrate Diwali with my family. But a day after my salary was deposited in my account, I lost Rs 1 lakh,” said the constable.