How a Fake Airtel caller cost Pune man ₹93.5 Lakhs

As the world is becoming more and more online and most of our work can be done from our mobile devices. There is a constant risk of security which lies ahead and which also is a major challenge.

As our mobile number is connected to PAN, Aadhar Card and to our bank accounts. This is how the link of one after another gets generates. How this interconnected link can make you pay hefty amount is what a man from Pune experienced if you are not smart enough.

Dinesh Kukreja from Katraj, Pune received a call from an unknown who was talking as a Fake Airtel customer care reports Hindustan TImes.

How a Fake Airtel caller cost Pune man ₹93.5 Lakhs
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Vishnu Tamhane, inspector (crime) of Bharti Vidyapeeth police station said to Hindustan Times.

“He called saying he is from Airtel and asked the complainant to share information or his SIM card will stop working. He shared the details of his card that was linked to his bank account. The complainant later came to know that Rs 93.5 lakh was transferred from his bank account.” 

Meanwhile, the so-called caller asked Kukreja to send the message which he received to avoid disconnection. This enabled him to make Kukreja’s SIM card useless. The fake Airtel caller then created a new SIM card with Kukreja’s mobile number which effectively gave him access to the linked bank account.

How a Fake Airtel caller cost Pune man ₹93.5 Lakhs
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The details of fake Airtel caller are still unknown. A case of fraud and cheating have been registered by the at Bharti Vidyapeeth police station under section 419 and 420 of Indian Panel code along with Section 66 (a)(d) of Information Technology.

“Bank have issued a statement multiple time along with RBI that Bank’s never call and ask for your personal details. People need to become smart and stop sharing OTP or any personal information over telephonic conversation.”

How a Fake Airtel caller cost Pune man ₹93.5 Lakhs
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As we progress towards digitisation, we all need to become smarter. Multiple layers of security can be made, but if the users are not responsible all that might be a waste.

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