Gang hacks engineer’s bank account, diverts calls to keep him in dark

Investigations revealed that the accounts through which the money was debited belonged to people identified as Babli Shah, Bala Jain, Talakish D and Sudha Dalvi, who are illiterate daily wage workers.

Police also found that the accounts were opened on these names with the help of Aadhar cards, their photos and fake identity documents. "Sudha, 60, does not know English. However, the account in her name had her signatures in English," said inspector L G Shinde. "We got six mobile numbers from the account forms. Five of them were bogus, but we managed to trace one," added Shinde.

Police recently learnt that the hacker who transferred the money and diverted Das's mobile number had taken advantage of the scheme under which Aadhar card holders can open zero-balance accounts within a day.

"We then traced the mobile numbers used to open the accounts, and one of the numbers was traced back to the Hilton Hotel in Mayur Vihar area in New Delhi. When we visited the hotel, we found that a Chinese national identified as Yang Quind had stayed at the hotel from October 3-9, and bought a local SIM card on the address of the hotel," said an officer.

Police suspect that an international racket operating with the help of local accomplices was involved in the case.

"We are taking help of the cyber crime unit. We will also find out if similar complaints have been registered in other parts of the country," said the officer.

Foreign hand?

Gang members opened six no-frill accounts using fake documents, in the name of illiterate labourers

They transferred Rs 1.75 lakh from victim's account into these

Police traced one of the numbers used for opening the accounts to a Chinese national who had checked in at a five-star hotel in Delhi

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