A hacker from Kolkata, who helped cyber criminals withdraw Rs 2.36 crore from the bank accounts of a Bhopal-based builder and an Indore-based oil mill owner in 2015, is the crucial link between cyber phishing rackets originating from Nigeria and fake documents racket operating in Uttar Pradesh.
However, despite several raids on the possible hideouts of the hacker in Mumbai, Kolkata and Agra, the cyber cell of Madhya Pradesh police has failed to lay their hands on him.
The hacker, whose name was not disclosed by the police, had last visited his Mumbai bar dancer live-in partner at her native place in Agra in February this year, said police.
“Along with cops from other states, we’ve recently conducted raids at all possible hideouts of the hacker in Kolkata, Mumbai and even at the house of his live-in partner Ruksar Khan in Agra, but we could not even get his photograph,” Bhopal cyber police station in-charge Mahendra Singh told HT on Sunday.
Investigations into the withdrawal of Rs 45 lakh from the Bank of India accounts of the Bhopal-based builder Syed Sultan Zamil in December, 2015 and Rs 1.91 crore from accounts of an Indore-based edible oil unit owner Paritosh Shah in August 2015 led to the arrest of 16 men early this year.
The arrested men, who were from Gwalior, Bhopal and Varanasi, were hired by two rackets of cyber criminals to shift the money, withdrawn from the bank accounts of the builder and the oil mill owner, to 18 accounts in Gwalior, Surat, Mumbai, Kolkata, Haryana and Hyderabad.
“The men formed the last layer of the multi-layered rackets of cyber criminals. They either used to open accounts through fake documents or arrange people in whose names accounts were opened to park money withdrawn by cyber criminals. They were paid commission ranging between 5% and 10% of the total sum deposited in different accounts in various cities,” added Singh
The arrested persons revealed that the man, whose name was not disclosed, hacked into both the accounts using internet protocol (IP) addresses of cyber criminals operating from Nigeria.
He hacked into the bank account passwords of wealthy people for the cyber criminals and also served as a crucial link between these rackets and fake document-maker groups operating from Jhansi and Meerut in UP.
All fake documents were arranged by him from fake document-makers, police said.
The men disclosed that they just sourced the pictures of individuals in whose names the new bank accounts were to be opened for parking money. “The revelation provides a strong clue to the multi-layered cyber-crime racket having origins in Nigeria,” said Singh.