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Police arrest four in two cybercrimes | Chandigarh News | #cybercrime | #infosec | #hacking | #aihp

The Cyber Crime of Chandigarh Police has arrested four persons allegedly involved in cheating two city residents. The police have recovered the mobile phone used in the crime along with the SIM card.

The first case was registered on the complaint of Sachin Aggarwal of Chandigarh, who alleged that he saw an advertisement on Facebook regarding KKRMF (KKR India Financial Services) and joint its first group. He further told police that one Susan Thompson started contacting him on Telegram and used to recommend stocks to buy and sell, and every evening there was one hour knowledge session on trading tips and tricks, and small rewards were rewarded in those sessions via “Spin and Win” game. Thompson liaised with Amit Choudhary and used to encourage him to open demat accounts with them, according to the complainant.

Aggarwal alleged that later he was moved to a new group named “Indian Stock Market Insights 194 (KKRMF)” where he was provided a link of an Android application called KKRMF from Google Play, and Choudhary assisted him in fake registration in their application and a national demat account was provided to him, which showed increasing profit amount in his account, while actually there were no buy/ sell orders that were sent to stock exchanges.

He further claimed that Choudhary and Thompson asked him to transfer funds in their accounts and promised him to give Rs 10,000 as joining bonus. On this, he transferred Rs 4 lakh through IMPS in the name of Shri Shyam Fal and Sabji Bhandar and their fake application KKRMF started showing his Balance Rs 5 lakh. Later on the same day, he again transferred Rs 1.5 lakh and in this way, he totally transferred them Rs 20 lakh.

Aggarwal was then informed that his account was frozen and he was demanded more money to be transferred to make his overall portfolio to Rs 30 lakh. He was threatened that his account would be seized if did not further transfer Rs 7 lakh. Later, he realised that he got entrapped in a fraud scheme in the name of investment, which ended up in loss of almost Rs 27 lakh.

The accused have been identified as Manjeet Buri, Ashish Saxena, and Himanshu Gautam, all three the residents of Rajasthan.

Elaborating on the modus operandi, the police said the scammers had set up a public group on Telegram to advertise investment packages, frequently accompanied by false testimonials. They then sent the messages to the selected members, by declaring hefty profits that they had earned in thousands or in lakhs to deceive the victims. Further, in allurement victims transferred the heavy amounts for investment. There was a main associate who used to handle the whole team of this scam and further paid them small amounts and ask them to create fraud accounts to receive the cheated money from the victims.

In the second case, a complaint was received from Bhupesh of Chandigarh, in which he reported that on January 7, he received calls from two numbers. The user told him that he is his tenant and had transferred rent amount in complainant’s account. After some time, the complainant received text message on his mobile regarding amount credit of Rs 20,000 and Rs 50,000.

The accused told him that he has transferred extra amount of Rs 45,000 by mistake, so he requested to transfer back extra amount in his Paytm account. On this the complainant credited an amount of Rs 35,000 in the account given by the alleged. Later the complainant checked his account balance and found that no amount was credited in his account. Thus, the complainant came to know that he was cheated to the tune of Rs 35,000.

The accused in this case, Arsad, was later arrested from Faridabad (Haryana) area and a mobile phone has been recovered from his possession.

Police said that in such cases fraudsters trap innocents by imitating their known or relatives and ask them that they had to return some of their amount. The criminals then send them fake messages of credited amount. Further, they ask them to return their money to cheat people.

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