Hyderabad: The Cyberabad cyber crime police arrested five members of a gang for cheating people to the tune of lakhs in the pretext of updating their Paytm KYC details.

The police arrested all the accused from Jharkhand. The five have been identified as Nanku Mandal (27) and Rajesh Mandal (26) of the notorious Jamtara district, Shiva Shakti Kumar (25) and Dilkush Kumar Singh (18) of Deogarh district, and Gaurav Arun of Ranchi.

On 2 September, a resident of Miyapur had filed a complaint at the cyber crime police station. According to the complainant, a day ago she had received an SMS from a Vinay Sharma who had asked her to renew the KYC details on her Paytm account. She was told to call for the renewal of the same.

When the victim called Vinay Sharma, he directed her to install applications like Team Viewer Quick Support, an app that gives a third party complete access to a person’s phone. She downloaded the app and was asked to log in to her Paytm and add Re. 1 through her debit and credit card. He got the details of her bank cards through the remote access app and withdrew Rs. 4,29,360.

According to the police, Nanku Mandal is the mastermind and he, along with Rajesh Mandal, contacted the complainant and cheated her.

Nanku and Rajesh, with the help Shiva Shakti Kumar and Gaurav Arun, used to pay electricity bills online through these apps. They gave 30 per cent commission to Shiva and Gaurav for providing copies of the online electricity bills. They paid the bills online and collected cash from the consumers, the police said.

The Cyberabad police arrested the five men from Jamtara, Deogarh, and Ranchi districts of Jharkhand after conducting search operation there for more than two weeks.

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