Cyber criminals, police said, allegedly tricked Varsha Agarwal into filling in a SIM swap request with her mobile network operator and then activated her phone number on a new SIM card only to hack her bank account and transfer money to another account in Jharkhand. Her bank account details were stored on her SIM card and it was linked to the same phone number.
In her complaint, Varsha said she got a call on May 7 from a person who posed as a customer care executive of a mobile network company and told her that her cell phone had a 3G SIM that would soon stop functioning if she didn’t upgrade it to 4G. “I agreed. The caller asked me to put in a SIM swap request with the telecom operator to initiate the process remotely. He also told me that my SIM card would remain disabled for 72 hours during the upgrade process,” she said. But she grew suspicious when she found that her SIM card had not been activated even after six days.
Varsha then went to her bank to find that the accused had accessed her savings account, liquidated a fixed deposit scheme, and transferred Rs 9.52 lakh to an account of a Jharkhand bank between May 8 and 11 in 22 transactions.
After a preliminary probe, the cyber cell lodged an FIR under section 420 (cheating) and 66 of the IT Act in the case on Friday. Baljeet Singh, the in-charge of the cyber cell in Noida, has, ruled out the involvement of any bank officials in the fraud. “The accused stole the money in a legitimate way after swapping the SIM of the victim. We will soon arrest them,” he added.
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