IRS officer duped by online fraudster on pretext of online reward points and lost Rs.49K

Yogesh K Porwar & Siddarath Sethia 

A 48-year-old IRS officer working with the Additional Commissioner of Income Tax office, lost ₹ 48,902 to a online reward points online fraud.

Based on the complaint ( by Nisha Padma) , the central division cyber crime police have registered a case under cheating and IT act on Tuesday for further investigation.

The victim in her complaint said that she had received a message from unknown number claiming that the reward points from her bank is getting closed .

The message asked her to click the link and fill the details to reclaim the reward.

She followed the instructions and received the OTP which she promptly entered in the form of the link which she had opened ,

Minutes later she received a message the money from her saving bank account has been debited from her account .

Shocked victim,tried to reach the contact number of the person who shared the link but it was not reachable.

Realizing that she had been cheated the victim approached the police and filed a complaint along with the contact number.

The police are now trying top track down the accused through the mobile number and recovering the money transferred to different bank accounts .

This is the most common form of online fraud and despite repeated reminders and awareness created from bank and police not to entertain unknown number or click the link sent from unknown source, people fall pray to such frauds, a senior officer, said .