Cyber crook hacks email, swipes Rs 16 lakh from his bank account online

While the unidentified accused is yet to be arrested, police and bank authorities ensured he could not withdraw any of the money that he had siphoned off to other bank accounts

Vimantal police have registered a case against an unidentified person on charges of hacking into the email address of a senior citizen and then illegally transferring Rs 16 lakh from his bank account through internet transactions.

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Naveenkumar Surendranath Sheth (78), a resident of Konark Campus society in Vimannagar, has lodged the complaint in this regard. A case has been registered under sections 420 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 43 and 66(c) of the Information Technology Act.

According to the complaint, Sheth has several accounts in ICICI and Axis bank branches at Vimannagar. The crook had hacked his email account around 12.30 pm on January 7, and had allegedly sent a correspondence to bank authorities, requesting them to furnish all details related to an account, including the cash balance. Since the request came from an authentic email address of the account holder, the bank provided the information. The accused then asked the bank to transfer Rs 11 lakh and Rs 5 lakh to some other bank accounts.


Sunil Gharge, inspector (crime) of Vimantal police station, said, “Sheth had approached the bank the same day around 4.30 pm as his son was going to deposit some money into the account. When he came to know that bank authorities had received an email from his id requesting to transfer money, he was completely taken aback. Meanwhile, the amount had been transferred to the accounts mentioned by the offender, but fortunately no withdrawals had been made. Bank authorities acted promptly and thwarted the process.”

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