Two members of an inter-state racket accused of withdrawing money online from bank account of a man, were arrested by the city police from Bangalore (Karnataka). The man had made a complainant to the IRCTC regarding failure of ticket booking transaction.
The gang members targeted people who make complaints to the bank or any other institution about failure of their money transaction while purchasing tickets or any article.
The police acted on a complaint filed by Somnath Bhatia in July 2014 after Rs 1.25 lakh was fraudulently withdrawn online from his bank account soon after he furnished bank account details to a person who posed as an IRCTC official. The person called him up after he lodged a complaint with the IRCTC about failure of ticket booking transaction.
The complaint was lodged with the Gorakhpur police station by Bhatia couple of days back. The cyber cell traced the transaction of money from the bank account of the complainant was done from Bangalore. A team of city police, with the help of the Bangalore police, tracked down the duo.
During interrogation, the accused demonstrated their modus operandi of online fraud before the police officials, the police sources said.
The speciality of this inter-state racket is they target persons who make complaints to the banks or any other institutions about failure of their money transaction while purchasing tickets or any article, superintendent of police Harinaryanchari Mishra said.
The accused created fake online complaint sites where the persons making such complaints are located and later contacted on phones seeking details of their bank accounts including password, he said. They use various e-transfer money facilities of various operators available online to withdraw money fraudulently from bank accounts of individuals, Mishra said.
Their network is spread in various states including Bihar, West Bengal and Karnataka, the SP informed adding during interrogation they revealed they started the work some six months back and were paid about Rs 20,000-30,000 per month to carry the transaction by a person whom the police were tracing.
The duo told about certain mobile phone numbers that were untraceable for they keep changing mobile phones and, if required destroy the SIM and mobile phone sets, Mishra said. The accused have been sent on police remand till August 17.