Cyber Cell nabs one for siphoning off Rs 42 lakh from business firm

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Nov 2017 12:28:05


Staff Reporter,

The Cyber Cell of Madhya Pradesh Police have arrested one more accused for assisting an international gang involved in siphoning off Rs 42 lakh from the bank account of Mandideep-based firm on September 16. Till now, 10 persons, including 3 Nigerians, have been arrested by sleuths of Cyber Cell.

Cyber Cell’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Shailendra Singh Chouhan said, the arrested accused is identified as Rajendra Satnami (30), a native of Jabalpur, who had studied till XII standard. He used to open bank accounts using forged documents and using these accounts he got finance costly things and sell them to others. The accused had assisted the gang members in getting duplicate SIM card issued from BSNL office to hack firm’s account after which Rs 42 lakh cash was withdrawn.

“We arrested ten persons in connection with the illegal transfer of Rs 42 lakh by hacking the bank account of Prompt Engineers, a firm based in Mandideep (in Raisen district). While three Nigerian nationals were arrested from Noida, the remaining ones were held from Bhopal,” added SP Chouhan.

The Nigerians were identified as Ibezim Peter Chiknso (22), David Olutayo Frederick (29) Everest Chinedu Oparaeke (27). They had been residing in Noida even after the expiry of their visa. The other accused were identified as Anil Pandey (40), Ram Singh (27) and Shivendra Sikarwar (25), John Browni and Rajendra Satnami. Chouhan said that the Nigerian nationals were the masterminds of this crime, while the locals provided them information and support.“The owner of Prompt Engineers, Anand Jain, had complained that Rs 42 lakh were withdrawn from the bank account of his firm through Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) on September 16,” he said.

While disclosing the modus operandi of these fraudsters, Chouhan said that investigations revealed that the accused blocked Jain’s mobile number, registered for the net banking, a day before the transferring the money through RTGS. “The fraudsters blocked Jain’s mobile number that was registered with his bank account, a day before the RTGS transfer. They obtained duplicate SIM of the same number by furnishing fake documents,” he said. By using this number, the fraudsters obtained OTP (one time password) and transferred the money through RTGS, in different bank accounts in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. After conducting investigations in different cities of these states and going through the CCTV footage, the team identified these fraudsters and arrested them.