Mumbai: Data-stealing racket leaves elderly poorer by Rs 8 lakh

  • Vijay Kumar Yadav, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 14, 2015 20:42 IST

A senior citizen from Mazgaon lost Rs 8.04 lakh to a data-stealing racket when was targeted by fraudsters who called her up pretending to be executives from Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), Delhi.

Byculla Police registered a cheating case against all six accused -- Manish Sharma, Deepak Malhotra, Akash Malhotra, AK Sinha, Dharmesh Kumar and Sangita Agrawal -- who allegedly made her deposit the money.

The accused promised the woman (name withheld) a bumper bonus of Rs 15 lakh on her LIC policy and made her deposit the money in different bank accounts.

According to the Byculla Police, in January, the complainant received a phone call on her landline number from a person who identified himself as an employee of LIC working in the Delhi office.

“The accused told the woman her policy, which was to mature in July, has been selected for a bumper bonus of nearly Rs 15 lakh by LIC. They told her to deposit certain amounts of money into different accounts periodically in order to avail the bonus. Since the caller already had all policy details, the woman did not suspect any foul play and on different occasions from January 27 to September 2, deposited Rs 8.04 lakh in the bank accounts,” a police officer said on a condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The officer said every time the accused felt the woman started having doubts about depositing money, they would increase the bonus amount. One of the accused also told her not to tell anyone about the bumper bonus.

By the time the woman realised she was being cheated, she had already lost Rs 8.04lakh.

“We believe the fraudsters could be members of a racket that is into data stealing because they already had the woman’s policy details and landline number. There is also a possibility that the accused might have bought stolen data from vendors, who have their ‘people’ at insurance companies,” another officer said.

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