Dr.Thomas (Special Correspondent)
A Day after city police commissioner launch “cyber tip a day”awareness campaign against cyber crooks a senior officer with the BMTC lost Rs.95,687 to a conman, posing as customer care executive and later spoke to her as DCP with Mumbai crime branch informed her that her Aadhar card has been misused and later accessed her bank account details on the pretext of verification to transfer the amount.
The victim,Sushma J,working with BMTC bus stand in Banashankari,complained to the South Division cyber crime police that she received a phone call from unknown number and the caller identified himself as executive with the international courier company ( Fedex) on Wednesday afternoon.
He informed Ms.Sushma that a parcel in her name contained drugs and asked her to contact the customer care service for further details.
Shocked Ms.Sushma when called the number shared with her,and said she does not know anything about the parcel,the called informed her to complained to Mumbai crime branch.
Few minutes later a person posing himself as DCP from Mumbai crime branch called her over SKYPE app to inform that someone had misused her Aadhar card for illegal activities.
Assuring to help,the accused asked her to follow the instructions and transfer the money to his account for verification.
Trusting him Ms.Sushma followed the instructions and only to realize that she has been duped after the called went incommunicado.
On Tuesday city police commissioner,Mr.B.Dayananda launched campaign to create awareness and share different types of frauds committed by cyber crooks.
On the launch of the cyber Tip Day,Mr.Dayananda explained that how cyber crooks posing as executive of courier company call people randomly and inform they have obtained parcel with drugs in their names and they have complained to the Mumbai crime branch.
Another associate of the gang posing as police officer call them ask the victims to follow the instructions and download SKYPE app in their phone for a video call .
Once the App was downloaded the accused will have access to the personal details of the victims. After getting access to the personal details the accused would either blackmail the victims for ransom or transfer the money online to their account ,he said .
Ironically Ms.Sushma and many others who are cheated by same MO are not aware of city police initiative and the crime continue unabated .
The South cyber crime police are now trying to track down the accuse based on the bank transactions.