The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Gurgaon police stumbled upon 26 fake bank accounts while investigating various fraud cases reported in the city recently.
The accounts, opened on the basis of forged documents, were used for dubious transactions across the country, especially for fraudulent property deals, the police have found.
But what comes as a shocker is that the accused sold these accounts to fraudsters for Rs 8,000-10,000 each. Among these, 21 accounts were found in various private banks while five were in two national banks.
During investigation of various economic offences registered in the city, the Gurgaon police found fake accounts and prepared a list.
“It has become a business for many unscrupulous elements to open fake accounts and sell them for a big amount. Most buyers who ‘purchased’ these accounts used it with a wrong motive to dupe innocent people,” said SS Deswal, Gurgaon police commissioner.
Sale and purchase of property on basis of fake documents, financial scams, job rackets, lottery scam and other crimes were committed using these accounts.
“The criminals used it as a shield against the law to keep their identity secret with the help of fake accounts.” The scamsters have a vast network in Delhi-NCR and various parts of the country. Among the list of 26 accounts, nine accounts were found in Gurgaon banks, four in Delhi and four in Ghaziabad. The rest are spread across various banks of the country.
“The fraudsters take benefit of the negligence of bank employees who often ignore the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines to open accounts. And the private banks are on the top,” added Deswal.
“We have written to all banks where fake accounts were found in our probe. They have been warned to follow all necessary steps before roping in any new customer so that such incidents can be prevented,” he said.