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Pune: Cyber criminals withdraw Rs 12 lakh from accounts of engineer, her parents on pretext of updating KYC

The software engineer works at the Hinjewadi office of a multinational IT solutions major. The complainant and her parents hold a joint account in a public sector bank.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: August 6, 2021 11:14:18 am
Following a complaint, the police managed to freeze Rs 6 lakh transferred to the accounts held by the suspects and are trying to recover the remaining amount too.

A 34-year-old software professional and her parents were cheated of Rs 12.6 lakh by alleged cyber fraudsters on the pretext of updating the KYC (Know Your Customer) details of their account in a public sector bank. In swift action following the complaint, police have managed to freeze Rs 6 lakh which were transferred to the accounts held by the suspects.

The software engineer works at the Hinjewadi office of a multinational IT solutions major. The complainant and her parents hold a joint account in a public sector bank.

In the last week of July, she received a message on her phone asking her to update the KYC details for her joint account with her parents. She subsequently forwarded that message to her mother to do the needful.

Her mother called the number provided in the message and it was answered by a person posing as a bank officer. Over the next two days, the alleged cyber criminals gained access to four bank accounts held by the complainant and her parents in the same bank by sending one time passwords on various pretexts. Eventually, the family lost Rs 12.6 lakh. They contacted the Pimpri -hinchwad police after they realised that large sums of money were missing from their accounts.

Assistant Inspector S S Jadhav of Wakad police station said, “Of the Rs 12.6 lakh lost from four accounts, we have managed to freeze around Rs 6 lakh by communicating with the bank. Efforts are being made to recover the remaining amount too. We have launched a probe into the phone number and bank accounts used by the suspects.”

Recently, Pune City police started two dedicated helpline numbers so that victims of financial cyber frauds can approach the police immediately after the crime has taken place. Following the call to the helpline, authorities can initiate measures to freeze the fraudulent accounts and try to ensure that the money is not lost.

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