Alternate mobile exposes online fraud of Rs 1.2 lakh

Hackers not only managed to obtain cash through net banking, but also blocked owner's SIM card, so she would not get SMS alerts about the transaction from her account

As hackers come up with innovative methods to execute cyber crimes, this team has gone one step ahead as they not only managed to transfer Rs 1.2 lakh through net banking but also blocked the owner's SIM card to stop the automated SMS alert.

The fraud came to light on October 7, when Jean Abraham, (name changed) a software engineer who holds an ICICI bank account, got a call on her alternate mobile number, after the transaction was made.

Abraham who was shocked to learn about the transfer of Rs 1.2 lakh from her account, immediately informed the matter to the bank authorities. She also complained about not receiving the SMS alert on her registered mobile number.
However the bank's detailed verification revealed that the hackers managed to procure her personal details and obtain a duplicate Airtel SIM card by blocking the previous one.

"How could Airtel provide a duplicate SIM card without the mandatory ID proof?" Abraham asked MiD DAY.

HN Jagdish, inspector, Ashok Nagar police station told MiD DAY that the hackers devised a unique counter technique to execute the crime, but he did not rule out the possibility of the bank insider's assistance.
Jagdish said that preliminary investigations revealed that the hackers have transferred the amount to another ICICI account outside the state.
"We are awaiting details about the transaction from the bank authorities, after which we will carry out further investigation."
The bank is also conducting detailed information to track down the account holders, Jagdisgh added. However, even after repeated attempts Airtel authorities were not available for comment.

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