Angul: Police here have arrested a cyber fraud from West Bengal on charges of duping Rs 2,04,990 from a constable of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) posted at CISF Unit, NTPC, Kanhia in Angul district.
As per a complaint lodged by CISF Constable Sanjoy Narjinari at NTPC Police Station on January 30, 2021, he had on January 25 transferred Rs 7000 to his wife Sonali Narjinari’s SBI account from his SBI account throughPhonePe application on his mobile phone.
When the amount was not credited to her account, even after a few days, on January 30, he searched the customer care number of Phonepe on Google search engine and got one number 9547064828 and contacted with that number from his mobile number to get the refund of Rs 7000.
The person on the line told him to download the Anydesk application and Auto forward SMS application on his mobile phone. After that Sanjoy received messages on phone about the deduction of money from his bank account all total amounting to Rs 2,04,990 in seven transactions.
He contacted his home branch and blocked the account and reported the matter at the police station for legal action.
Investigation of the case revealed that one of the fraudulent transactions was for buying an Electronic Gift Voucher on Flipkart Internet Pvt. Limited for an amount of Rs 50,000 which was used to purchase mobile phones and other accessories.
The mobile phones were delivered to the different locations in West Bengal and Jharkhand. Further probe revealed that the said mobile phones were being used by persons with mobile numbers- 9693307951, 7001974454 and 9883734981.
On requisition of CAF and CDR for these numbers, it was ascertained that these numbers were being used by one Manir Mia of Dalurbandh in West Bengal, and 2 others.
A special team was formed to conduct raids and apprehend the accused persons from different locations. The accused (Manir Mia) was interrogated and arrested and the mobile (Oppo F17) having IMEI No. 868015051002375 with sim no. 7001974454 was seized from his possession.
As prima-facie evidence is well established against the accused person, he was arrested and forwarded to the Court today.
Angul Police has appealed to the general public to not do financial transactions with unknown persons over mobile phones. Anydesk application is used to get remote access to the victim’s mobile. It has also requested to not believe on all numbers available on Google. Many fraudulent numbers are also available on Google.