We get to hear about scams every now and then, be it with credit cards or fake lottery, but in a new incident that has emerged, a telecaller cloned a Pune man s SIM card, and duped him of Rs 93.5 lakh. The caller who claimed to be an Airtel employee managed to fool the customer by asking him to share details of his SIM card. Also Read - Best Vodafone-idea (Vi) prepaid plans under Rs 100: List of plans, unlimited data, voice calls, moreAlso Read - Airtel Rs 79 plan vs JioPhone Rs 75 prepaid plan compared: Which offers better value?
Now while telecom companies and banks continue to raise awareness among users, such scams still continue to grow. In the current case, the person posing as an Airtel employee asked the user to share the phone number that was linked to his bank account. The fake employee then cloned the SIM card, and carried out a transaction where he managed to transfer Rs 93.5 lakh. As soon as the incident came to the light, the customer lodged a complaint at Bharti Vidyapeeth police station in Pune. Also Read - Airtel Rs 79 vs Vodafone-Idea (Vi) Rs 79 prepaid plans compared: Data, calls, and other benefits
According to a report on HindustanTimes, the victim, 49-year-old, Dinesh Kukreja is a resident of Katraj area in Pune. A case under Section 66(a)(d) of the Information Technology Act, and Section 419, 420 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the unidentified person (fake employee).
Vishnu Tamhane, crime inspector at Bharti Vidyapeeth police station, has urged users not to share any personal information or OTPs with callers. No bank employee (or phone service provider) will ask for personal details on a call. People need to stop sharing such information with unknown callers, he said.