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Man loses Rs 3.94 lakh to criminals; Cyber fraud continues unabated

Ludhiana, July 31, 2017 - A city-based resident allegedly lost Rs3.94 lakh to cyber criminals. After verifying the claims of the victim, the police have registered an FIR against unidentified persons.

Complainant Dr Balwant Singh Hunjan, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, told the police that he had a bank account in Induslnd Bank branch located in Feroze Gandhi Market. He said some swindlers transferred Rs3.94 lakh from his bank account to different bank accounts.

As per the FIR, the money was transferred into banks including Karnataka Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, and SBI. One of the beneficiaries was identified as Koshikde of Shyamnagar, West Bengal.

Sources said the matter was reported to the police on February 21, 2017, and after conducting preliminary inquiry into the claims, the Division No 5 police have registered a case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC against unidentified persons.

Another youth loses Rs 36,000; cops, bank clueless

Younis Mohammad of Ranjit Nagar was shocked to see a message regarding the withdrawal of Rs36,800 from his account with Bank of Maharashtra’s branch located on Gill Road.

“On July 9, I received three messages of withdrawal of Rs10,000 each and one of Rs800. The ATM was with me. I don’t even have cheque book as I have a student account. I submitted my first complaint on July 10 and when I did not receive any reply from the bank, I again submitted another complaint on July 17 to know the status of the complaint, but the bank is clueless so far about the place of withdrawal and the way the money was withdrawn from my account,” said Younis.

Younis said he submitted a complaint at Shimlapuri police station, but the police failed to trace the cyber criminals. “I request the cyber wing of the Ludhiana Commissionerate to intensify probe in the matter so that the culprit could be put behind bars. In future more people can be targeted,” the victim said. Notably, DCP Dhruman Nimbale and ACP Cyber Crime Rupinder Bhatti had also conducted a meeting with banks recently over rising cyber frauds. They had strictly told the banks to monitor such cases and prevent such attacks.

No headway in past three weeks’ incidents

- Yograj Garg, who owns a footwear store in Clock Tower, lost Rs 36,000 to cyber crime 

- Accountant Sukhwinder Singh of Gaispura lost Rs n80,000 to cyber criminals

- Arun Beri, an industrialist, lost Rs 70 lakh to swindlers through net banking

- Mohan Singh, a manufacturer, lost Rs 2.5 lakh to cyber criminals

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