5 Members of Gang of Mira Road” arrested

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Cyberabad-Police

The Cyber Crime Police officials of Cyberabad arrested interstate “5 members of Gang of Mira Road” for committing SIM SWAP fraud. Since 2011, the cybercrime fraudsters have adopted this technique of SIM swap to get access to the net banking of their targets and siphon off the funds from the accounts. The main fraudster operating from abroad is a Nigerian.

On 29-06-2020 police received a specific complaint in which he stated that on 21st June he has taken a new SIM card with same number and observed that newly activated SIM is just working for outgoing calls and he is not receiving any incoming calls. He contacted JIO customer care and complained about same issue.

They resolved his issue. Later, he tried to login to his Internet banking account of Kotak Mahindra Bank in his mobile and got to know that some unknown persons changed his Internet Banking Login and Password. By using Debit card credentials, he changed password of internet banking and tried to make a transaction.

But the complainant observed that balance amount in his account is zero. Next day he visited the bank and found that some unknown persons made (3) Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) transactions from his account Rs.4,25,000/- and siphoned off Rs.4,25,000/- from his account by Swapping his SIM Card without his knowledge. Basing on the complaint a case is registered with Cr.no:584/2020 in Cyber Crime PS and investigated into.

Advisory:

Beware of phishing mails /links in the name of Income Tax Returns.

Not to believe messages or calls asking to convert/upgrade SIM.

Contact service provider as soon as network signal of your mobile number is lost.

If SIM card is blocked on weekends, advised to change the login passwords of net banking.

Frequently change the passwords of Email and Net banking accounts.

Keep separate number and mobiles set for internet banking services/requested services. It should not be used for calling.