The Pimpri-Chinchwad police is probing a possible case of bank account hacking after a senior citizen who also works as a business consultant lost more than Rs 38 lakh from his account.
An FIR in this case was registered late Saturday night at Wakad police by the 61-year-old man, who is a resident of Kalewadi Phata. The complainant is an independent business consultant and holds an account in a private sector bank.
An officer from Wakad police station said, “On the evening of July 15, the complainant received a message on his cell phone, the number of which was linked to the bank account. According to the message, more than Rs 2 lakh had been debited from his account.
It was a transaction he had not done, so he immediately contacted the bank. He was informed by the bank that Rs 38.04 lakh were debited from his account over eight transactions, which took place prior to the transaction for which he received the message. He then approached us and an FIR was registered.”
The officer added, “Prima facie it seems that the account was hacked and we are investigating how it happened. We have also launched a probe into the accounts to which the money was transferred. We will be moving to requisition the respective banks to freeze these accounts and take further necessary steps.”
The Pune City Police recently launched two dedicated helpline numbers for victims of financial cyber frauds.