Pune: A unique case of cybercrime surfaced in the city after a fraudster duped a dermatologist for Rs 2.90 lakh by activating fingerprints facility to access the bank account for a transaction. The scammer has been arrested by the local police.
The case concerns Dr S Kadak, a practising dermatologist in South Mumbai’s Girgaon area. The doctor-owned an account in a private bank and used an application for money transfer.
On November 21, last year he received a phone call where a man on the other side identified himself to be a bank representative. He claimed that the bank account needs to be confirmed; therefore a link will be provided via SMS. He instructed the doctor just to copy the link and send it on the mobile number mentioned in the SMS. The doctor followed the instruction and did the same.
As the link was forwarded on the number, the doctor received four transaction alert messages on his phone from the bank. The transactions were two of Rs 1 lakh each, Rs 50,000 and Rs 40,000. When the doctor checked the email id, there was a mail stating that his fingerprint has been activated along with the application.
The victim then realized that he had been duped. He immediately approached the Gamdevi police and lodged a complaint.
The police investigated on the matter and found that the scam was carried out by a 30-year old, Bipin Mahato, a native of Bihar and worked in Pune.
A police officer informed DNA, “The probe revealed that money was transferred from the victim’s account to a PayTM account and two bank accounts. One of the beneficiary accounts was of Mahato. Mahato who works in an auto parts company in Pune was then arrested in the said case on Saturday.”
The accused has been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention) and sections 66C (punishment for identity theft) and 66D (Punishment for cheating by personation by using computer resource) of Information Technology Act.