Cyber fraudsters have duped more that 50 people through the duplicate Reserve Bank of India (RBI) web page in the past two months.
The fact came to light during the investigation of Devendra Singh con case, where the undergraduate student was dupe of Rs. 5,000.
“It has come to light that at least 50 persons had fallen into the trap and deposited several lakhs of rupees in the State Bank of India (SBI) bank account that was provided by the fraudsters,” said Hazratganj circle officer (CO) Dinesh Yadav, who is also the cyber crime cell in-charge.
The CO added the bank account was opened in the bank’s Nagaland branch, while the transaction has been made from different places using ATM (automated teller machine) cards.
It has been found during the investigation that the fraudsters used to keep a continuous track on their prey and withdrew the amount within 10 minutes after it was deposited.
“The modus operandi in each case was same-the victims were first sent emails and SMSes that they have won a lottery worth several lakhs, organised by a multi-national company,” the CO said adding that the victims were asked to deposit Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000 in the mentioned bank account stating it to be processing fees to transfer the lottery amount.
“Many transferred the amount after they were convinced that the fake website was real one,” he said.
Yadav said the probe has also revealed that the website was created around two months back and was registered from Canada.
Interestingly, the IP address of the computer system through which the emails have been sent to the victims has, however, been traced to Bengaluru.