Mumbai cybercriminal steals ₹9,800 from AI employee, says she doesn’t care if he tells cops

Mumbai city news: The cybercriminal told the man the bank was verifying their customers’ ATM cards as part of an annual procedure

mumbai Updated: Jun 09, 2017 00:28 IST
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The accused posed as a Bank of India official.(HT Photo)

An Air India employee was duped of Rs9,800 by a cybercriminal who posed as an executive from his bank. What’s worse is that when he told her he would complain to the police, she threatened him and said she was unafraid of cops.

Police said the man is an Oshiwara resident. He told police the woman called him at 12.10 pm on June 2, saying she was a Bank of India official. The man did not suspect anything amiss as he has an account in that bank.

The woman told him the bank was verifying their customers’ ATM cards as part of an annual procedure. She asked him for his 16 digit card number and the CVV number on the reverse side. She added that he would get a verification message from the bank.

She then hung up the phone and called back a minute later, asking the man what one time password (OTP) he had received on his phone. When the man told her, he got a text message saying Rs9,800 was debited from his account. He called the woman and threatened to tell the police what had happened. She said she didn’t care what he did.

“Since she threatened him on the phone, we added section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code to the charges, along with sections 419 (impersonation) and 420 (cheating). We will also apply section 66C (identity theft) of the IT Act to her. The man will not get a refund from his bank. People should realise that no bank ever calls requesting your personal details,” said an officer from the Oshiwara police station.

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 14:17 IST