Cyber fraud
Cyber fraud
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Mumbai, June 11: A South Mumbai businessman who deals in metal was duped of Rs 99,000 by cyber frauds who promised him to solve his mobile network issue on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Hitesh Jain received a call on his cell phone from a person who introduced himself as Pankaj and told him that he was the customer care representative of the mobile service provider.

Pankaj claimed that the call was a verification call to update the mobile tower range to improve his mobile network range. Jain in his application to VP Road police station said that Pankaj asked him to download the QuickSupport application from Play Store.

“I wasn't aware of the app. I believed him and downloaded the app and shared its ID," said Jain. Later Pankaj asked him to make a recharge of ₹10 on his mobile using his bank’s net banking. Minutes after he made the recharge, ₹ 99,000 was debited from Jain’s account.

Realising that he was duped, Jain disconnected the call and blocked his card, and approached V P Road police. According to the police, by sharing the ID of the application, Jain allowed the fraudster to operate his phone remotely while making a recharge of Rs 10. The fraudster must have accessed his card details which he used to transfer the money.

We have registered an offense under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) along with section 66C (identity theft) and 66D (cheating by personation using computer resources) of the Information Technology act, said a police officer.

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