Ahd man loses Rs 6L in electricity bill fraud

Times of India | 5 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 09:39 am

Ahd man loses Rs 6L in electricity bill fraud

AHMEDABAD: For the past several months, employing their latest modus operandi, cybercrooks have been sending text messages to potential victims and threatening to disconnect their electricity supply for not paying the bill. A man from Memnagar fell into their trap and was cheated of Rs 6 lakh. Ashok Shah, 66, a resident of New Nikita Park in Vishramnagar area of the city, registered an FIR with cybercrime police. Shah stated that on August 29, he received a call from a man named Rahul Sharma who informed him that Rs 10 was still due after the previous payment of the electricity bill. Sharma asked him to download Quick Support app on his cellphone after which Rs 1 lakh was debited from his bank account in two transactions. When Shah asked Sharma about the same, he said that the money had been debited mistakenly, and that it will be credited in a day, the FIR mentioned. Shah again received a call from a man who instructed him to download an app using which he accessed Shah’s mobile. Shah also gave him his debit card details and lost Rs 4 lakh more from his account in four different transactions before realizing that he had been cheated. Cybercrime police booked the unidentified accused for breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy and under the provisions of the IT Act. The cops said that several complaints have been filed by people cheated using the same modus operandi. They said that the cybercrooks use different software and dark web to make the calls to avoid being traced.

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