Four persons was arrested for allegedly cheating several persons of lakhs of rupees via internet banking. The accused have been identified as Sonu Dubey, Ravi Pandey, Bunty and Pawan.
Police said the four would siphon off money from victims’ bank accounts using duplicate SIM cards. According to police, the gang was run by Mohd Mirza Ali, a Mumbai resident who provided them with all technical support, and Pritam Mishra, a Delhi resident. These two are on the run.
The accused were arrested after the complainant, Bhushan Kumar Jain, reported a theft of Rs 5.7 lakh from his Axis Bank account in Krishna Nagar Branch two months ago. According to police, Jain’s money was transferred to six Axis Bank accounts in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. The money was withdrawn from ATMs in Noida, Mayur Vihar and Mumbai, police said.
According to police, Pawan was the first to be arrested after sustained surveillance. “He admitted to opening a bank account in the name of Usha Devi by submitting her voter identity card and other documents. He further gave the ATM card of the account to co-accused Sonu,” Ajay Kumar, DCP (East), said.
He said, “Sonu told us that for transferring money electronically, Bunty would get the SIM card of the account holders blocked, and get another SIM card for the same number. They would facilitate the electronic transfer of funds to accounts of their choice by generating a one time password.” Sonu’s questioning led to the arrest of Bunty and Ravi Pandey, police said.