The Malabar Hill police registered a case of fraud after it was found that cyber criminals had cheated a director of an international private bank in Mumbai of Rs 16,520.
The accused, who are yet to be identified, fraudulently obtained the details of the director’s credit card and then used them to purchase merchandise through an online retailer in Indonesia.
The 43-year-old complainant is a resident of Napean Sea Road and works at the bank’s office in Bandra Kurla Complex. He owns a credit card of another private bank that he would often use for shopping.
According to the police, the complainant said he had received an SMS alert from the bank in October last year informing him of a transaction worth Rs 16,520 done using his credit card in Indonesia.
“The complainant was shocked. He immediately called the bank’s customer helpline to enquire about the transaction. He was told his card had been used to buy merchandise on a website www.lazada.co.id,” said a police officer on condition of anonymity.
He asked the bank to block his card immediately and sought details of the unauthorised transaction. As the transaction was made overseas, he was told the bank would take around 50 days to obtain the information.
The complainant approached the Malabar Hill police and registered a case after the bank provided him with details of the unauthorised transaction.
The police have registered a case under section 420 (cheating) of Indian Penal Code and 66C (identity theft) and 66 D (cheating by personation by using computer resources) of Information Technology Act. Investigators are trying to find out the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the system used for the fraudulent use of the credit card.