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Cyber thugs pose as BSNL staff, dupe Rs 6.80 lakh from Sonari resident’s account

Jamshedpur, Dec 24: Despite Jharkhand police effort at creating awareness drive against cyber crime miscreants continue to dupe people of their money through cyber fraud.

The latest in this series of cyber crime happened under  Sonari thana area when cyber thugs managed to take away Rs 6.80 lakh in three transactions from the bank account of Shatabdi Rai, a resident of Seventh Extension forcing the victim to lodge a case at the Bistupur cyber thana on Thursday.

The complainant has claimed that she was pursuing PhD and on Wednesday a call came on her father’s mobile from a number 9883733632 and the caller identified himself as a BSNL employee and sought for completing Know Your Customer (KYC) formalities for the mobile number as without KYC the number would cease to function.

The cyber thugs asked the victim’s father to download Quick Support app and also sought information about aadhar card and suggested that they can help fill up their KYC over the phone without visiting any BSNL office for a payment of Rs 10 only. After which the victim’s father made a payment of Rs 10 using State Bank of India internet banking services and soon amount of Rs 6.80 lakh was withdrawn from his account in three transaction.

Bistupur cyber thana has lodged the case and has started probe into it.

Significantly, Jharkhand had earlier this month launched cyber crime prevention against women and children scheme (CCPWC) in the state which aims at online cyber crime registration, capacity building, awareness creation and research and development units. The police had also released a full-fledged dossier on awareness against cyber crime and released for the masses as part of a state-wide drive.

In the last five years, 4803 cyber crimes have surfaced in Jharkhand, out of which 1536 cases have been disposed. In December 2020, 355 cyber criminals have been arrested. 

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