In a novel modus operandi, three youths allegedly transferred Rs.3.92 lakh from the bank account of an employee of a private firm and managed to draw Rs.2.11 lakh. Even as they were trying to use the remaining money, police swooped down on them. An employee of a private bank allegedly colluded with them.
According to police sources, Feroze Basha of Cidella group of companies lodged a complaint with Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Crime Branch) C. Sridhar that someone had drawn Rs.3.92 lakh from the account of Managing Director Anjan Kumar on May 2.
A special team of the Cyber Crime Cell, led by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police M. Sudhakar, was formed to investigate the case. It found that the two accounts in a private bank into which the money was transferred were opened under fictitious names and addresses.
Based on specific clues, police arrested Hakeem (24) of Seven Wells who admitted to have opened the accounts using fake documents. Further investigation revealed that his associates, Imran Khan (21) and Abdul Khadir (25), played a vital role in the crime.
Dr.Sudhakar said the two claiming to be representatives of the Cidella group created a fake letter that the mobile phone of Anjan Kumar was missing and approached his mobile service provider seeking a new SIM card. Based on the letter, the private telecom firm issued a new SIM card with the same number after deactivating the original card.
While Anjan Kumar thought that his mobile phone was disconnected due to network problems, the accused who got his net banking username and other personal details from a bank employee applied for a new password online. They used a browsing centre where the surveillance camera was not functioning. The bank sent the new net banking password to the mobile phone number of Anjan Kumar which was in the possession of the suspects, he said.
“Once they got the password, Imran and Khadir transferred Rs.3.92 lakh into the two fictitious accounts. Imran wore a ‘burqa' and drew Rs.2.11 lakh cash from different ATMs. They purchased mobile phones and some clothes with the money. Since the two bank accounts were frozen, the remaining money is safe,” Dr. Sudhakar said.
On the instructions of Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran, the cybercrime cell police were contemplating of writing to the Reserve Bank of India to direct private banks to implement the Know Your Customer (KYC) norms that would prevent opening of accounts with fictitious documents, he said. Hakeem, Imran and Khadir were arrested.
The bank employee who parted with the personal information of Anjan Kumar has been included as an accused in the case.