ALIGARH: Aligarh police is on a constant mission to recover money lost by citizens to cyber criminals. After consistent technical follow-up, Aligarh police on Saturday recovered over Rs 5.27 lakh in two separate cases.
In a major success, Aligarh Police managed to recover Rs 4 lakh lost by a local to a scammer who had sent a phishing SMS. Police said the victim had received an SMS to update his PAN card details in the bank by using an app. After downloading the app the cybercriminals got access of his phone and illegally transferred Rs 4.24 lakh. The incident took place on December 31, 2021.
The cyber police of Aligarh after registering the case kept digitally tracking the money and with the help of financial institutions freeze the amount and managed to retrieve Rs 4 lakh.
In another case, a city resident Rs 1.80 Lakh lost to a cyber criminal in a KYC fraud. Interesting police kept tracking the money movement for a long and finally, after three months of committing the crime, they managed to recover Rs 1.27 lakh.
According to the police, on September 22, 2021, Mohd Haleem Siddiqui registered a complaint with the city police claiming he has been defrauded of over Rs 1.8 lakh. The complaint further read that the victim received a phone call on the pretext of updating KYC of his SIM card. The accused asked him to install a remote access App –AnyDesk. The app gives access to criminals to take control of victim’s phone. Once the app was downloaded the amount was deducted from the victim’s account.
The Police got into action and with technical assistance, they were able to retrieve Rs 1,26,926 in the source account of the victim in January 2022.
During the investigation, it was found that the criminals bought vouchers of Reliance Company from the cheated money. While tracing the money it was found that some of the vouchers were redeemed by the criminals. About four hundred vouchers were identified and blocked by the police.
Mohd. Haleem was very much relieved and thanked the city police for their immediate action.
With the rising cases of cyber fraud in the country, a quick response from the police can help counter such frauds. Not only will it help save the hard-earned money of the citizens, but also re-affirm their faith in our forces.
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