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Telecaller impersonates Airtel employee; clones Pune man’s SIM and steals Rs 93.5 lakh

The fake employee carried the heist over a phone call.

  • Published: November 15, 2018 4:03 PM IST
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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.

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.

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.

  • Published Date: November 15, 2018 4:03 PM IST