A city-based businessman lost Rs 80 lakh to cyber criminals in 24 hours between May 31 and June 1, despite not sharing his banking details with anyone he only lost his mobile network for a day, during which money was withdrawn from his bank accounts.
Kalpesh Shah(52) a resident of Balaji Wind Park near Vaishnodevi circle, in his FIR with the cybercrime police, has said that he runs a foam product manufacturing unit on Talod Road in Himmatnagar. Shah has an account in a nationalized bank in Himmatnagar. On May 30, around 5.30 pm, Shah’s phone network went missing. he could neither make nor receive calls. On May 31, when he went to his office, an employee called the telecom service provider and lodged a complaint.
A representative of the telecom service provider told Shah’s employee that someone had requested to deactivate the SIM card. He said that his phone network became active for some time and after sometime on May 31 at around 5.30 pm again it went missing.
Fearing fraud, Shah checked his bank transactions and found that someone had withdrawn Rs 79.70 lakh from his bank account. Shah said that the fraudsters extorted the money, while he did not share his banking details with anyone.
Cybercrime police registered a case of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy with charges under the Information Technology Act.