The Hyderabad Cyber Crime Police arrested 3 persons in connection with Swim Swap fraud from Kolkata and recovered a 7mm Pistol with 2 Magazines and 6 Bullets besides 7 mobile phones and 3 Bank Debit cards.
They were identified as Sagar Mahato, Kumar Gaurav Singh and Sanjay Agarwal who are involved in a SIM SWAP case were arrested from West Bengal and brought to Hyderabad on transit warrant. Similarly, Sachin Yadav who is involved in a job fraud was arrested in Delhi and brought to Hyderabad on transit warrant.
According to a complaint lodged with the police, the victim had three overdraft accounts with DCB bank using for his business activities and all the accounts are registered with his yahoo mail ID and his mobile numbers. OTPS are being received to this mail ID and his mobile numbers as well for the three accounts. On September 4, 2020, at by 1.30 PM when he checked his bank balance in his three accounts, he surprised to know that a total amount of RS. 35,89,899 has been fraudulently transferred into some unknown accounts through IMPS, RTGS, NEFT from his three of the accounts. The mobile number registered with his bank accounts got disconnected on 20-05-2020 by 9.30 Am. When he opened Internet banking for the three accounts, he came to know that five beneficiary accounts were added into three accounts as beneficiary without his knowledge and consent.
The accused persons in collusion with a Nigerian Shedrick Paul sends links to the mail IDs of bank customers on the name of income tax refund or any other process refund. Once the customer clicks on the links provided in the email, then his electronic device which is used for accessing the mails will be compromised. Thus he used to gain bank credentials of the customer’s Bank account. Then Sagar Mahato will be sent to some outlet shop or the service provider and obtains a new sim card by submitting fake KYC documents of the registered mobile number of the customer with the bank saying that his mobile number was lost and used by somebody. In this way, the SIM card of the original customer will be stopped and activated with the fraudster. Later, Shedrick Paul will add beneficiaries in the bank account of the customer without his knowledge and divert money using the internet banking and OTPs received on re-activated mobile number, into the bank accounts provided by Sagar Mahato, Kumar Gaurav Singh and Sanjay Agarwal.
Then after, Sagar Mahato will withdraw the whole amount from different ATM centres and distributes their share and the remaining amount will be sent to the Nigerian in the form of Bitcoins. As the accused Sagar Mahato is dealing with large scale criminal activities, he acquired one country-made pistol to intimidate his rivals and victims. It is suspected that the accused Sagar Mahato is also involved in some more serious offences.
Hence, the public is requested not to click on any unknown links received from unknown mail IDs/ WhatsApp numbers/mobile numbers.
⮚ Do frequent scanning for any malware/ trojan horse virus/ key loggers installed in your electronic devices.
⮚ Never enter your banking credentials in unauthorized websites.
⮚ Try to use bank provided virtual Keyboard for login.
The investigation team headed by Inspector Ch Gangadhar, SIs Santa Rao, Suresh, PCs Sunil, Chandra Shekar and Naresh under the supervision of ACP KVM Prasad has cracked the case.