In this post we will discuss about a cyber based fraud that took place in Jharkhand by a shopkeeper .
Jharkhand-based cyber fraud: Shopkeeper held
A Shopkeeper was on Saturday arrested for withdrawing fraudulently deposited money .Police said the accused had cheated multiple people by pretending to be customer care executives of different banks. The complainant, Sunita Dewan said after she failed to get a message upon withdrawing money from her account she searched for the customer-care number online and called the toll free number to register a complaint. After some time she received multiple calls. The callers posed as customer care executive of Punjab National Bank and offered help to her.
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She shared details of ATM card-the card number, personal identification number (PIN) and one-time password (OTP) and 11.93 lakh was fraudulently withdrawn from the bank account.
Background : A large number of gangs indulging in such cyber frauds earlier also operated from Jharkhand’s Jamtara.
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The ED probe is based on an FIR registered by the Jharkhand Police, which has also filed a charge sheet against the accused persons. It is alleged that over phone, they would lure the victims into sharing details of their bank accounts and debit/credit cards and use the information to siphoning off funds. The agency had earlier conducted searches on the premises of the gang members. It also filed a charge sheet against them on May 27, 2019. The charges have already been framed and their trial is under way before a special court under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
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PMLA : Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 was enacted to fight against the criminal offence of legalizing the income/profits from an illegal source. The Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 enables the Government or the public authority to confiscate the property earned from the illegally gained proceeds. The term Money Laundering means procedures adopted in legitimizing assets earned which may be not under the four corners of the law. The source of such ill-gotten wealth may be Corruption, Organized Crime, Narcotics Trade, prostitution arms trade etc.
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Conclusion : cybercriminals in the country are sparing no one. What is intriguing about these criminals is that they are making use of technology – that made life easier for several by simplifying online payment, expanding social media networks, shopping, etc to dupe and scam people. Jamtara is becoming next cyber crime hub earlier also many such cases were reported and many of which who were part of such gang were arrested.
This post is written by Yogita Ahlawat
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