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DELHI POLICE CYBER CELL ARRESTED ARCHITECT OF “BANKING FRAUD SCAM BY USING SIM SWAP”

January 16, 2021 06:41 PM

New Delhi (Face2News)

In a major breakthrough, a team of Cyber Crime Unit, Central District, Delhi has arrested in Sensational case of a major banking fraud and SIM card swap scam that is believed to have affected dozens of people in various states of India including Delhi NCR.

The accused person has been identified as  Ashutosh Yadav @ Rajan R/o District- Ghazipur, UP, Age-32 yrs.  Rahul Yadav R/o District- Jaunpur, UP. Age-25 yrs. ,  Rajesh Rajbhar R/o Distt.- Azamgarh, UP, age-38 Yrs, Arvind Yadav @ Bandhan R/o District- Jaunpur, UP, Aged 29 yrs. 

A complaint was received at PS Anand Parbat; wherein, the complainant, a factory owner in the area of Anand Parbat informed that his overdraft account of Bank in Rajindra Place has been hacked fraudulently and a sum of Rs.30,00,000/- was withdrawn from his bank account. The culprit/s also got his Sim connected to his bank account issued from the Telecom Company and withdrew the amount.

Seeing the different type of modus operandi and need of technical expertise, DCP/Central has transferred the investigation of the case to District Cyber Cell and a dedicated team of official of Cyber cell was constituted comprised with SI Kamlesh Kumar, ASI Sirmohar, HC Suresh Gupta, Ct. Omveer Singh, Ct. Kuldeep and Ct. Mukesh under the leadership of Insp. Jagdish Kumar and overall supervision of ACP O P Lekhwal.

 During the course investigation, it is established that on a particular date, the fraudsters got issued a duplicate SIM of the complainant’s mobile number which was linked with his bank account from Allahabad, UP East by using his forged Aadhar Card. Thereafter, with the help of this newly issued SIM Card, they attached some beneficiary accounts with the complainant’s account profile within a period of two hours. On realizing the termination of his mobile services, the complainant lodged a complaint with the customer care department of the telecom company and managed to retain the services by re-registering his SIM card. As a result no money transfer could be done on that particular day.

Thereafter, in their second attempt, the fraudsters again got a duplicate SIM of complainant’s mobile number issued from Varanasi, UP East by using his forged Aadhar Card and with the help of this SIM card, the fraudster access in the complainant bank account profile by using forgot password and total sum of Rs. 30 Lacs was transferred from the bank account of complainant in two different bank accounts and subsequently, the amount was further transferred in 06 other bank accounts. The entire duped was withdrawn from these 06 accounts through ATM from Varanasi and surrounding area in UP.

The account statements and their KYC detail have been received from their respective banks and analyzed. During physical verification of these account holders, it is found that all account holders are poor and less educated villagers having no idea about what is going on with their bank accounts. All the account holders have opened accounts in a particular bank on the instruction of the culprits under the impression of receiving funds from the culprit’s NGO for distribution among poor people.

During the course investigation, it is established that on a particular date, the fraudsters got issued a duplicate SIM of the complainant’s mobile number which was linked with his bank account from Allahabad, UP East by using his forged Aadhar Card. Thereafter, with the help of this newly issued SIM Card, they attached some beneficiary accounts with the complainant’s account profile within a period of two hours. On realizing the termination of his mobile services, the complainant lodged a complaint with the customer care department of the telecom company and managed to retain the services by re-registering his SIM card. As a result no money transfer could be done on that particular day.

When they did it, he managed to slip away with their passbook, ATM cards and SIM cards of the registered mobile numbers of the said account. The villagers came into trap by seeing an advertisement of job in a local Newspaper given by the culprits. After tracking the route of money travelled from the complainant’s account, the movement of suspected persons was located in Varansi, Jaunpur, Gazipur and Azamgarh districts of East UP. The team was allowed to camp in the zeroing areas. During the camping, the team managed to identify the group involved in the crime by the surveillance as well as local verification. Although, the culprits keeping on changing their locations frequently.

Now, the above named accused persons have been arrested in the case and they interrogated.

During the course of investigation in case FIR No. 130/20, PS Anand Parbat, it was found that the accused persons arrested in this case have committed many offences of fraud apart from this and their involvement was found in the below mentioned cases.

FIR No. 48/2020, Dt. 26.03.2020, U/s- 419/420 IPC & 66 IT Act., Date of incident -22.03.2020 , Fraudulent amount- 1,50,000,00/-. PS- Cyber Crime Cell, Gurgaon, Haryana., FIR No. 27/21, Dt. 15.12.2020, U/s- 406/420/114 IPC, Date of incident- 13.06.2020, Fraudulent Amount- 50 ,000,00/-, PS- Cyber Crime Cell, Vadodara, Gujarat. This case was registered by the police they confirmed that the culprit was arrested.FIR No. 184/20, Dt. 28.07.2020, U/s- 419/420 IPC & 66 IT Act., Date of incident- 27.07.2020, Fraudulent amount- 28,000,00/-, PS- Kotwali, Azamgarh, UP, One Accused Ashutosh Yadav @ Rajan was already arrested in this case.

Whereas, all the police stations concerned have been intimated about the involvement of the above said accused persons in the above said cases.

KNOW THE ACCUSED:  Firstly, the accused Arvind Yadav @ Bandhan was arrested in this case, who had obtained the SIM from Varanasi by using the forged Aadhaar card of complainant. He used the SIM of complainant and after receiving the OPT he forwarded the same to accused Rajan. He studies up to 10th class and doing a private work in Mumbai.

Secondly, accused Ashutosh Yadav @ Rajan was arrested in this case and he received the fraudulent amount in the bank account of innocent persons. The OTP of complainant mobile number was used by one Pradeep and the same was provided by accused Rajan to him. Pradeep is still to be identified. He studies up to 10th class and involved in many other case of Cyber frauds since 2012.

He was arrested in 10 cases till now and all are belong to UP East. The accused Ashustosh Yadav @ Rajan earned in crores. During investigation it was found that there are transactions of Rs.1 crore in the account of mother, father and brother of accused Ashutosh Yadav @ Rajan. Whereas, while they have limited source of income. The probe in this aspect is being done.

Thirdly, the accused Rajesh Rajbhar was arrested in this case and he obtained the bank accounts from innocent peoples on pretext to providing job. The bank accounts subsequently were handed over to accuse Rajan by him. He studied up to inter class and involved in cheating case since last 05 years.

Fourthly, accused Rahul Yadav was arrested in this case and he withdrew the amount from bank account of innocent persons through ATM on the directions of accused Rajan. The amount was subsequently delivered to different persons as per their shares as well as directed by accused Rajan. He studies up to graduation and presently working as security guard. From the last year, he came in the contact of accused Rajan and working as his driver as and when required. Further investigation is on.

 
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