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Online payment makes man shell out whopping 50,000

We wonder what else will come our way, and we thought that online bill payments were safe! The Crime Branch reports that many victims of fraudulent bill payments of electricity usage and some other utilities are approaching the cyber cell division. A man was duped of Rs.50, 000 by paying BSES bill online.

The electricity bill trauma

Just about two days ago an untrue Delhi Jal Board website had come under the crime Branch scanner and an FIR had been registered against the web site creator.

Police confirmed that Anil Kumar, who is working as a technical officer at Laser, Science and Technology Centre, utilized the services of a website to clear his BSES bill and ended up losing a whopping amount of Rs 50,000.

Surprisingly Anil had received a confirmatory text message of the transaction being successfully accomplished but a “failed transaction” popped up when he got the website message. In about 5 attempts and a few minutes later 50,000 rupees were emptied from his account, after he took a phone call from the “Customer care division”.

The judicial charges

Charges under Section 66 of Information Technology Act and a case of fraud under Section 420 have been registered as the authorities are trying to trace the location of the customer care call. The crime branch is busy collecting the host addresses and IP addresses of the computers under suspect.

The online payment story

All this began when Anil Kumar, a few days ago, took the help of a of a third party website to clear his electricity bill of just Rs. 2,340. After his attempt he got a message from his bank saying "sorry unsuccessful payment, please contact support desk".

The next day in order to get the paid amount refunded, Mr. Kumar contacted the support desk to make an online appraisal of his grievance. After a few hours of making the complaint he got a call from 886164****, that demanded “details of my SBI account, the debit card number and PIN" said Kumar.

A senior official also reported "The caller also asked Kumar to read out the bank's helpline number mentioned on the back of the card. He then asked him to give his mobile and landline numbers.” After this started Kumar’s nightmare!!

Within half an hour of this received call, Kumar got 5 text messages about the “counterfeit” transactions of Rs. 10,000 each, that took place between 1.02pm and 1.06pm .

An upset and apprehensive Kumar rushed to the local police and then to the economic offences wing at Mandir Marg. Soon the autjorities registered a case and started investigations.