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.