Hadapsar, 8th December 2022: An officer of a government telecom company mistakenly pressed the Debit card payment button while paying for an Ola cab. A cyber thief, taking advantage of the situation, took a loan of Rs 14.79 lakh from his bank account and withdrew Rs 3.94 lakh.
A case under the Information Technology Act has been registered against the unknown mobile phone holder at Hadapsar police station.
Complainant Shrikant Sahebrao Raut (54), a resident of Hadapsar, works in Andaman Nicobar. He had come to Hadapsar on vacation. He had booked an Ola cab from the station. While paying for the cab once he reached home, he accidentally pressed the debit card payment button. He immediately cancelled it and gave cash to the cab driver.
After this, he received a message saying the company owed him a refund of Rs 299 from the debit card. He called the helpline number from Google. The assistant asked him to download the Any Desk app and told him not to share the OTP with anyone as a precaution.
After this, Rs 299 was deposited in his account. However, his debit card was blocked, and all his bank information was taken away by a cyber thief. He linked his mobile number to the complainant’s bank account. After this, a digital loan of Rs 14.79 lakh was approved by the complainant’s bank. Out of this amount, the thief transferred Rs 3.94 lakh to his account. No message in this regard was received by the complainant.
After two days, when the complainant went to the bank to fill out the passbook, he realised this matter. He contacted the bank manager and stopped the remaining amount from being credited to the account of the cyber thief.