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Fraudsters: Ex-it Minister Falls For Scam; 1l Stolen From Bank Account | Chennai News | #cybercrime | #computerhacker

CHENNAI: India’s former information technology (IT) minister and DMK MP from Tamil Nadu, Dayanidhi Maran, lost about 1 lakh from his bank account to online fraudsters. The former minister lodged a complaint with the cybercrime wing of the Chennai police, and also took to X demanding ‘accountability and justice’.
Maran said he had an account with the Gopalapuram branch of Axis Bank. His wife received a call from an unknown mobile number (+916215549621) around 4.10pm on October 8 while in Malaysia. The person who spoke to her alleged that she had initiated a transaction of 99,000.
She received three more calls from the same number, but she ignored them. She also didn’t share any OTP with them. A person, who spoke in Hindi, claimed that he was an Axis Bank staffer, but had a picture of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes as display picture. “She asked the caller to speak to me for any further clarification,” said Maran, adding that his wife’s mobile number was not linked to his bank account, though they had a joint bank account in Axis Bank.
“My wife received eight more missed calls from another mobile number (+916295812314) around 4.15pm. When she received the call from the mobile number (+916215549621), she answered it. Soon after this, Maran received a mail and a message on his mobile number saying 99,999 had been debited by a single transaction from his savings account. Following this, he lodged a police complaint seeking legal action against the suspects. Based on the complaint, a case was registered in Cybercrime Police Station, Central Crime Branch, Greater Chennai Police on Monday. Police said a special team had been formed and investigation is underway. A request has been sent to the payment gateway to stall the transaction and retrieve the lost money.
In his post, Maran said he was puzzled by the ease with which fraudsters had accessed his personal information and breached security protocols. Citing a news report, he said financial fraud accounted for 75% of cybercrimes in India from January 2020 to June 2023, Maran added Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and said: “For India to excel in the digital world or to emerge as a FinTech hub, we need robust security and government action. What action is the government taking to protect our private data? Will the ministry of finance & FM release a white paper on this? We need answers and we need them now”.
Police cautioned the public about banking frauds and advised people to contact the cybercrime helpline number 1930 or register their complaint in National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal in case of any cyber-related complaints.


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