Mumbai: Cyberpolice arrested three persons for allegedly hacking Congress MP Hussain Dalwai’s email account. The accused had sent emails to Dalwai’s contacts, saying he was in a financial crisis and needed money urgently. With this ploy, they managed to collect Rs 70,000, police said.
Dalwai learnt something was amiss when one of his well-wishers contacted him to find out if he were okay. The MP then approached police and complained about the matter. From the bank account details mentioned in the email, police learnt the accused were based in New Delhi and arrested them after laying a trap.
According to police sources, the investigating team received a tip-off that the accused were operating from Delhi and dispatched a team to the capital immediately. Further investigation revealed the three accused were African nationals. The police then planted a decoy and sought the bank details of where the amount was to be transferred. Accordingly, police arrested the three accused from Delhi on October 25.
Cyberpolice seized the laptops, pen drives, hard drives, mobile handsets, debit cards of various banks and several SIM cards of different service providers used in the crime. Police also seized Rs 70,000 from the accused. The accused may have committed more crimes using the same modus operandi, police suspect and are investigating the case further.
The accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to cheating and the Information Technology (IT) Act. The accused were brought to Mumbai on Friday and were produced in court on Saturday, where they were remanded in police custody until November 2.
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