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Check a/c details if phone conks off

If your phone conks off next time, contact your bank immediately. It’s not due to poor signal, but because of your online transaction.

india Updated: May 17, 2011 01:03 IST
Mohamed Thaver

If your phone conks off next time, contact your bank immediately. It’s not due to poor signal, but because of your online transaction.

Still clueless about how are your online transactions can be blamed if your cellphone conks off out of the blue.

The cyber crime cell says fraudsters are using this modus operandi to fraudulently transfer funds from bank accounts of unsuspecting victims to theirs. And they work closely with the victim’s mobile service provider, which goes off inexplicably, stopping any SMS mentioning details of transaction from the bank to be sent to his cellphone. “This prevents alert from the bank to be received on the victim’s cellphone. Fraudsters use a replacement SIM card to send the transaction details to their phone instead, leaving no trail behind,” said a police officer from the cyber crime cell at Bandra-Kurla Complex police station.

“One group of accused manage to get the credit/debit card details of the victim by using means like phishing or hacking. Once they have the card details and can go through with any transaction, the role of the second group begins. The second group has to ensure that the victim does not receive an SMS alert about any transaction,” said a police officer.

In April, a city-based scientist lost Rs10 lakh after the accused fraudulently transferred money from his bank account to his using the same modus operandi. The cyber police, however, managed to track down Mohammad Yusuf Athar Shaikh, 25, to his south Mumbai residence who had posed as the scientist and got a replacement SIM card in the latter’s name. “One Minaz Athar Ali Tajwala, 35, whose cellphone was used to insert the replacement SIM card was also arrested. The duo were presented before the court on May 15 where Shaikh was remanded in police custody till May 18 and Tajwala till May 19,” said senior police inspector Nandkishore More of BKC police station.

Alarmed at this trend, joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy said, “People should immediately check with their bank and service provider if their mobile network connection goes off inexplicably.”