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Retired Cop Seeking Help With Pension Conned By Cyber Thugs, Loses Over Rs 8 Lakh by Sharing OTP

NOIDA: In yet another case of fraud, cyber thugs have conned a retired government official of more than Rs 8 lakh of his hard-earned income and that too on the pretext of assisting him with procedures to ensure a regular pension.

What’s more significant is that the victim is a retired police sub-inspector living in Greater Noida of Uttar Pradesh.

Bijendra Singh Malik retired from the police service on July 31, 2022 only and is a native of Saharanpur district. He apparently wanted to relocate to his home district and withdraw pension there only, for which he had filed an application.

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However, little did the former cop know that he could also get conned by the cyber thugs, who are always out in search of easy targets.

According to the FIR lodged by Malik, he got a phone call from an unknown number on November 21 in which the person on the other side introduced himself as an official of the UP government’s treasury department in Saharanpur.

In order to further convince the retired official, the conman shared the details of his application which mentioned his postings during duty period and other professional information. The conman said he had called Malik to assist him with his pension application and that he was in fact handling his case.

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“This person then told me that he was preparing the file of my pension case and in order to proceed further he would send me an OTP on the phone number linked to my bank account which I must share with him,” Malik stated in the complaint.

“When I got the OTP number, I shared it with treasury officer who then followed up on his inquiry with some more questions related to my bank accounts and I shared those with him, too. Shortly thereafter, I got two notifications on my phone informing me of withdrawals totaling Rs 8,62,000 from my bank account,” the former cop said.

Meanwhile, the FIR of the case has been lodged at the Cyber Crime police station in Noida’s Sector 36 and officials said they have taken up probe in the matter.

The unidentified accused has been booked under sections 420 (cheating), 419 (cheating by impersonation) of the Indian Penal Code besides provisions of the Information Technology (IT) Act.

Tips To Dodge Cyber Thugs:

–             Always make sure that you do not share your information related to banking online or over phone, especially with strangers

–             Remember, banks have often issued advisories to say that they, or their representatives never ask for OTP or PIN numbers

–             If necessary, make sure that you share details with genuine person or authentic website only

–             In case of cyber fraud, immediately report the matter at dedicated helpline number 1930

–             If you use internet, you can also report the fraud at www.cybercrime.gov.in.

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