The cyber frauds have now started using a new technique to dupe net users. They upload fake phone numbers on Internet searches, which show up on a priority basis and when users call on these numbers, they collect his or her bank details and siphon off money from their accounts. Around half a dozen such cases have been reported in the city at the state cyber cell.
Inspector Abhiskek Sonekar, who is posted at the state cyber cell, confirmed that around half a dozen city-based people were duped by fraudsters using Internet search. They optimise the search engines in such a manner that it reveals their numbers on a priority basis.
Narrating an incident, Sonekar said recently a 25-year-old city-based youth filed a complaint with the cyber cell, stating that he had purchased a jacket through an online shopping website. As he was not satisfied with the jacket, he returned it and was waiting for a refund in his account.
Sonekar said that the victim alleged that when he did not receive the refund for more than three days, he searched for the customer care number of the shopping website online. He found a mobile number and made a call. The executive took his bank details and one-time password (OTP) on the pretext of depositing the amount in his account and then went on to transfer Rs 84,000 from his account into anonymous accounts.
Sonekar said that when the victim realised that he was duped, he approached the cyber cell and filed a complaint. Investigations are underway in the case.
Sonekar said that a Kolar-based veterinary doctor was also duped to the tune of Rs 35,000 in a similar manner by unidentified fraudsters. Similarly, an MP Nagar-based hotel owner was conned to the tune of Rs 80,000 through the same modus operandi. Money was deducted from his Paytm account.
Sonekar said that the fraudsters locate a famous shop or restaurant in a specific area using Internet search and then call them posing as customers in peak business hours. They take the bank details on the pretext of making payments and while the victim is busy, they siphon off money from their account.
Sonekar said that in most of the cases the fraudsters were found to be using Uttar Pradesh and Delhi-based mobile numbers. Investigations are still underway in all of these cases.