Suspect said he was from Airtel, asked for her bank details.
New Delhi: With the cyber crime firming its digital footprints in Delhi, there has been a rise in cyber theft by cyber criminals. While the police continues to crackdown against online cheats and exposing frauds, a 70-year-old resident of Lodhi Colony in South Delhi ended up giving away Rs 70,000 by sharing her bank details to cyber thugs.
The incident took place last week when the victim was tricked into changing her cellular network from 3G to 4G and compromised her bank details. Veena Gupta, a resident of Lodhi Colony was unaware about what was laying ahead when she allegedly received a call from the suspect identified as Deepak.
In her plaint, Ms Vineeta alleged that she received a call from one Deepak, who claimed to be calling from Airtel Customer Care. The suspect had made two calls to the victim from different numbers and said that her network is switching from 3G to 4G for better connectivity. Also, the online cheat allegedly told Ms Gupta that soon after the call, she would receive a text message in connection with the same and all she had to do is to press an ok button.
Delhi has seen a steady rise in complaints related to white-collar crimes involve serious financial damage to individuals and corporate.
They are evolving fast and exploiting new technologies. Most of their victims are gullible users who have recently started using Internet for financial transactions
Unaware of the cheat, Ms Gupta followed the instructions and did what was asked. Soon after Ms Veena pressed ok, a text flashed on her mobile screens informing her about the upgraded network.
The texts received were the same as what any user receives.
She stated in her plaint that after receiving the message, Deepak called her and informed her that the services will be charged and the mode of payment will be online and she had to share her bank details. Ms Veena ended up giving her ATM card details along with the PIN number, following which the cyber thugs made a transaction of Rs 70, 000 from her account. Ms Veena immediately approached the jurisdictional police and lodged an online theft plaint after she learnt about the theft.