After opening over 300 bank accounts across the country and renting them out to cybercrooks of Jamtara -- also known as phishing capital of India -- to receive money siphoned from victims of cybercrime, 24-year-old Ram Pravesh was arrested by the police.
A full-fledged investigation has been started to learn how Pravesh managed to open so many accounts before getting caught.
The accused is a resident of Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh, as per the DCP (southwest) Gaurav Sharm, and was getting Rs 5,000 per month for each account used by crooks as commission
Police started trailing the suspect after an investigation into a complaint of cyber fraud wherein a woman was duped of Rs 98,000.
“In her complaint, the woman said that one of her payments on PhonePe app was not getting processed, so she searched for its customer care contact on Google. She found a phone number and called up. The receiver introduced himself as an employee of the company and asked her to verify her identity by conveying the OTP, which she had received on her number,” the DCP said, reported TOI.
Technical surveillance was mounted on the basis of information received locally and a raid was conducted in his hometown.
The accused was finally apprehended and Rs 25,000 were recovered from him.
“He has disclosed many names who are involved in this pan-India racket. Many other cases of online fraud are yet to be identified,” the DCP added.
Fraudsters take undue advantage of various process and system vulnerabilities, and positive consumer sentiment to purchase products or services with huge discounts, especially during festival seasons.