58-year-old woman from Andheri duped of Rs 11.69 lakh

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Mumbai: In another incident of online fraud, a 58-year-old woman from Mumbai was duped of Rs 11.69 lakh by a cyber fraudster The incident took place on November 11. The victim is a resident of Andheri’s Lokhandwala.

A complaint has been lodged with Cyber Crime Police Station (North). The woman was reportedly unable to transfer money from her bank’s mobile app. She then searched for a customer care number of the bank on the internet.

However, she came across a fraudulent customer care helpline number, reported The Free Press Journal.

The woman called on the number. A person on the other side of the call introduced himself as the bank’s customer care executive. The fraudster then asked the woman to download a remote access app on her phone. The accused got access to the victim’s phone.

As per instructions by the fraudster, the woman logged in to her bank accounts. After getting her bank credentials, the accused siphoned Rs 11.69 lakh from her bank accounts. Upon realising that she was being duped of her money, the victim approached the police.

A case has been sections 419 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 66C and 66D of the Information Technology Act. The woman also shared details of her ban transaction. A detailed investigation has been launched into the matter.

Notably, cases of online fraud are on a rise in the past few years. In a similar incident which was reported from Mumbai earlier this month, a 49-year-old mechanical engineer was allegedly duped of Rs 80,000 by a cyber fraudster by posing as an executive of a retail hypermarket chain. The victim works for Bombay Port Trust. A complaint was registered in the matter.

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