5 detained for sending fake link to man to activate credit card, tricking him out of Rs 3.5 lakh
Five men have been arrested for allegedly deceiving a 31-year-old man of Rs 3.5 lakh by sending him a fake link to activate his credit card. Police said the defendants were identified as Gurmeet Singh (31), who ran a Chinese restaurant, Surendra Singh (24), a struggling singer, Prabhjot Singh (23), Shahrukh (22) and Harshdeep Singh (19 years old).
Police said a complaint was received on the MHA Cyber Crime portal from Jitesh Rajpoot (31), alleging he was cheated out of Rs 3,49,000. The complainant alleged that he received a call from someone claiming to be a customer service officer of a reputable bank, who asked him to activate his credit card through a link sent by them. As soon as he filled in the details after clicking on the link, the amount would have been deducted. A case was then filed at Cyber Police Station (North) on June 29 under IPC 420 (cheating).
Police said an analysis of call and transaction details showed the defendants were operating from Faridabad. Following raids, Prabhjot and Harshdeep were apprehended on July 14 and police recovered two phones and SIM cards. Shahrukh, who allegedly posed as the executive, was arrested in Uttam Nagar.
Police said they discovered that Gurmeet and Surendra had already been arrested by Gautam Buddh Nagar police in another case on July 6. After obtaining permission from the court, they were arrested and taken into custody. Seven other mobiles were recovered there.
DCP (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi said: “The accused used to call customers of a certain bank for credit card rewards, limit increases etc. and send bogus web links for the same. They would also change the ID on Truecaller to gain the trust of the victims.
The DCP added that after receiving the card details and OTPs, the money would be transferred to various e-wallets and accounts from where the money would be withdrawn from ATMs. Gurmeet and Surendra would then distribute the money. They also allegedly created a fake banking website for this purpose.
Police said further investigation was underway to track down the fake accounts the money was transferred to.