Mumbai: Filmmaker Boney Kapoor has registered a complaint with the Amboli police, after his credit card was allegedly used for fraudulent transactions amounting to nearly Rs 4 lakh in March this year.
According to the Amboli police, the complaint was received from Kapoor’s assistant on Wednesday.
“He has stated in his complaint that several transactions were made from his credit card without his consent or knowledge, collectively amounting to Rs 3.84 lakh,” said Senior Police Inspector Bandopant Bansode of the Amboli police station.
Following the receipt of the written complaint, police have registered an FIR against unknown persons under the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act. So far, police have found that a total of five transactions of varying amounts were made, using Kapoor’s credit card. The incident came to light when he received a call from his bank regarding his pending credit card dues, after which he obtained the details and approached the police.
“We are obtaining the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the devices from which the transactions were made, and other technical investigations have also been initiated. We are seeking assistance from the Cyber division,” Bansode said.
Police suspect that the accused obtained the PIN of Kapoor’s credit card using phishing emails or messages, which are sent out to hundreds of people on a daily basis. These appear similar to official communications from banks, in order to lure victims into entering sensitive card details like their PINs or their netbanking log-in credentials. The PIN could have also been obtained by the use of skimmers, which are stealthily installed in ATM kiosks or used secretly by employees of commercial establishments like hotels or stores when patrons make credit card payments.
As per the existing rules for investigating cybercrimes, any cases where the amount of money lost is less than Rs 10 lakh is investigated by the concerned police station, with the regional cyber police station providing technical assistance, while cases involving amounts of Rs 10 lakh or more are transferred to cyber police stations. The city of Mumbai currently has five cyber police stations, one for each region, and a main police station in the Bandra-Kurla Complex.