E-fraud: Rs 46 lakh transferred to 12 accounts

Police on Friday arrested a man in connection with a fradulent electronic cash transfer from the account of a company director. The Mulund police is probing to find whether it was a racket that operated on a larger scale.

Investigations have revealed that the amount was transferred in a span 40 minutes to 12 separate accounts through Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) from the account of 29-year-old Ankur Korane, director of a cosmetics company.

Police sources said the transfer was for Rs 1 crore but before a stop-payment request could be effected, Rs 46 lakh had already been transferred.

A man who walked to the bank's Borivali branch Friday morning, allegedly one of the 12 account-holders, has been arrested by police.

Taking the help of banking officials police are now trying to understand the levels involved in this kind of transaction. Police have also tracked down the IP address used for the transfer. The probe so far revealed that the password Korane chose to net bank was compromised and hacked into. Police is now trying to ascertain at which stage the password was compromised.

Korane, who got text alerts of huge transactions, rushed to the bank and was told to approach the Cyber Cell. He was redirected to Mulund Police station, as the branch where he held his account was in Mulund.

"We registered a complaint and issued a stop payment order to the bank immediately. A total of Rs 1 crore had been shown as transferred by then Rs 46 lakh was actually withdrawn," said Quaiser Khalid, Addl CP (East) Region.

The probe being conducted by three teams found a link between arrested man and the remaining account-holders. The case has been registered under the Information Technology Act under cheating and forgery using impersonation charges.

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