A 72-year-old senior citizen was swindled out of Rs 11.5 lakh by cyber fraudsters, who bought flight tickets worth that amount from various websites using her credit card details.
Con men first cloned the SIM card of Napean Sea Road resident Anita Garware, a former US consulate employee. They telephoned her credit card company using the cloned SIM and, pretending to be her, asked for her credit card details.
The Malabar Hill police station have registered a case and launched an investigation with the help of the cyber cell.
An officer from Malabar Hill police station said, “The frausters cloned Garware’s SIM card. Using this SIM, they contacted her credit card company and got her details. They found that her card did not have a spending limit, so they booked Rs 11.5 lakh worth of travel tickets to several destinations from various websites.”
Bank officials, however, sensed something was fishy and called Garware on her landline to inform her of the suspicious transactions. When she asked why they had called her landline and not her cell phone, the bank official said they couldn’t get through to her cell number.
An officer said, “They told her that her cell phone was not reachable, upon which she removed her SIM card from her phone and called her own number from the landline. Her call was answered by a woman who claimed to be Garware herself. When Garware asked the woman if she had booked travel tickets recently, she replied that she had indeed booked tickets for her son’s wedding abroad.”
Garware handled the situation tactfully; she didn’t confront the woman, and instead lodged a complaint at Malabar Hill police station.
The police registered a case against the unidentified woman and any accomplices under sections 419 (cheating by personation) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code, and sections 66 (C) and (D) of the Information Technology Act.