CM Fadnavis' personal secretary cheated by cyber fraudsters

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 14, 2015 20:30 IST

The Worli police have registered a case of cheating against an unknown accused, after he cheated the personal assistant of the chief minister of Rs 64,000. The incident took place on May 12, when Vivek Bhimalwar, the personal assistant of Devendra Fadnavis, got a call from someone who claimed to be the representative of a nationalised bank.

“Bhimalwar got the call around 9.30am from a man claiming he was calling from a bank, where the complainant has an account. The accused said that for Know Your Customer (KYC), he needed to know the details of Bhimalwar’s account, including his account number, PAN, and other details,” said an officer from the Worli police station.

Bhimalwar revealed the details, but got suspicious when the caller asked for his One Time Password (OTP), which he had received in an SMS on his mobile number. When the complainant questioned why the OTP was needed, the accused replied it was necessary and part of the process. The accused also told him that if Bhimalwar did not share his OTP, the account would be shut down. Bhimalwar then shared the password.

Half an hour after the conversation, the complainant received a message stating Rs 64,000 had been withdrawn from his account. A complaint was registered with the police.

“We have traced the money transacted from Bhimalwar’s account to a bank in Kolkata. We have the details of the account to which the money has been transferred, and the accused has been traced to Kolkata. The complainant’s call data records are being scrutinised,” said the officer. The cops are trying to trace the accused, who they say could be in Bihar or Kolkata.

A case under sections 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 66C and 66D of the Information Technology (IT) Act has been registered at Worli police station.

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