Three men, including one of Nigerian descent, were arrested for their alleged involvement in a cyber cheating racket, the police said on Tuesday.
The police have identified the trio as Saket Anand, 21, Anthony Chienedu alias Tony, 34 and Ujjawal Anand, 21. The three men were allegedly indulging in net banking fraud and had access to crucial data of lakhs of people.
“On July 23, Arun Aggarwal, a resident of South Extension received an SMS alert on his phone from a bank stating that R5,000 had been withdrawn from his account - which was surprising since he had not made any such transaction,” said an officer.
The following day, he received a similar SMS alert which made him lodge a complaint with his bank. Aggarwal allegedly continued to receive such alerts till around R1.65 lakh, spread over 33 transactions, were withdrawn from his account without his consent.
A case was registered and investigation revealed that the money was transferred through net banking and all the withdrawals were surprisingly for R5,000 only.
“It was also found that all the messages of transfer of money were made from a single location within a period of two hours before the amount was transferred to five different accounts in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district,” said the officer.
A team was sent to Bhagalpur, Bihar immediately for further investigation, which revealed that all the addresses of the bank accounts were correct but the account holders were not residing on these addresses.
“The team developed criminal intelligence and on the basis of secret information, they apprehended Saket Anand and Ujjawal Anand from Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi,” said the officer.
The duo’s interrogation led to the subsequent arrest of Tony, who allegedly belongs to an international group of hackers willing to sell details of bank customers to anyone interested, for a price.