Four tech-savvy men, including one who owns a printing business, were arrested for allegedly hacking into the bank accounts of several businessmen and subsequently using electronic fund transfer to siphon off lakhs of rupees, police said on Wednesday.
Identified as Ajay Kumar Mishra, 45, Binay Kumar, 35, Ravi Shankar Pandey, 45 and Jitender Kumar, 40, the gang had been operating for quite sometime and would even seek duplicate SIM cards of the mobile phones used by their victims, so that they would not get text alerts about the fraudulent transactions made, said DC Shrivastava, additional CP (central).
"On January 3, Ravi Gupta, the owner of a metal firm with his office in Paharganj, filed a complaint alleging that R15 lakhs had been transferred from his account illegally," said Shrivastava. During the course of the investigation, police said, it turned out that the money had been transferred from the complainant's account to different ones being operated from Delhi, Lucknow and Agra.
According to the police, around Rs. 7 lakhs had already been withdrawn from a bank in south Delhi, where a total of Rs. 10 lakhs of the fraudulently withdrawn amount had been transferred.
On January 4, Jitender Kumar and Binay Kumar Mishra were apprehended. Subsequent interrogation revealed that the accused were members of an inter-state gang and took instructions from their accomplices Ajay Mishra and Ravi Shanker Pandey, who were later apprehended from Dwarka and Najafgarh, respectively, police said.