A superintendent with the central authorities’s Items and Providers Tax (GST) division in Mumbai was duped of Rs. 1.91 lakh by a fraudster posing as a financial institution worker on Sunday.
The fraudster duped him by asking him to replace his checking account’s Know-Your-Buyer (KYC) info.
Srikumar Prasad (50), who has filed a primary info report (FIR) at Antop Hill police station in regards to the rip-off, was requested to obtain a fast help software on his cell phone and to fill his credit score and debit card particulars in it, resulting in a lack of Rs 1.91 lakh in a sequence of seven-eight fraudulent transactions.
Prasad, who lives within the CGS colony in Antop Hill space alongside along with his spouse and two youngsters, obtained a message from an unknown quantity at round 9:30 am on Sunday, stating that his checking account’s KYC replace is pending.
He was advised that if he didn’t replace the KYC info, then he wouldn’t be capable of make transactions from his debit and bank cards.
The message additionally said that he needed to name or ship an SMS (brief message service) on the given quantity to finish the KYC verification process.
Prasad adopted the directions and referred to as on the quantity, however nobody answered his name, mentioned a police officer.
“On Sunday, at round 3:30 pm, an individual claiming to be the financial institution’s worker referred to as Prasad purportedly to assist him replace his KYC. The individual advised him that he was busy with workplace work within the morning and couldn’t reply his name,” mentioned an officer from Antop Hill police station.
“The fraudster defined the KYC replace course of and requested Prasad to obtain an software, fast help, from the Google play retailer, and to fill his credit score and debit card particulars in it. Prasad downloaded the appliance and punched in all the small print within the app.
Quickly, he obtained an OTP (one-time-password) quantity on his cell phone that he shared with the fraudster, who siphoned off Rs. 1.91 lakh from his checking account,” mentioned the official.
Prasad obtained a name from his financial institution, alerting him in regards to the fraudulent transactions.
Later, he blocked his checking account and filed a criticism with Antop Hill police station following which a case was registered below the related sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Info Expertise (IT) Act, 2000, for dishonest.
“Now we have been interesting to the general public to by no means share their confidential financial institution particulars with anybody, even when somebody claims to be a financial institution worker. The KYC replace shouldn’t be permitted on the cell phone and even financial institution workers will not be permitted to ask any private particulars associated to a buyer’s account,” the official added.