The police on Monday arrested one man for allegedly withdrawing money from bank accounts of several people with the help of duplicate SIM cards and virtual internet provider (IP) address.
Dhar superintendent of police Rajesh Hingankar said the accused was arrested from the Indore railway station’s passenger waiting room.
During interrogation the accused Dinesh Patidar confessed of duping the victims, Hingankar said. The police recovered one laptop, one mobile phone, 66 SIM cards, three internet dongles and a number of fake address proofs from his possession. “So far, the accused has withdrawn Rs 3 to 4 lakh using these illegal methods,” the SP said. Hingankar said the police swung into action after receiving a complaint on October 21, 2014 from one Ankit Jain, a cyber café owner. Jain said that some unidentified miscreant withdrew Rs 52,700 from his bank account illegally.
During investigation police found out that several others in the area too have been duped in a similar way by the accused. Interestingly, in all his crimes, Patidar used a fake seal of the Mansa police station in-charge, Hingankar said.
Informing about Patidar’s modus operandi, Hingankar said that the accused used to keep a close eye on his victims when they access net banking and get their passwords in various cyber cafes by using mobile phone cameras. After which Patidar used to apply for issuance of duplicate SIM using fake address papers and the seal of Manasa police station in-charge and used transfer money from his victim’s accounts using bill desk.