Sanjiv Sikdar and Rakesh Yadav in police custody on Monday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
The cyber cell of East Singhbhum police arrested two employees of a call centre on Monday for siphoning off money from the bank account of a woman a week ago.
Sanjiv Sikdar (26) and Rakesh Yadav (27), residents of Dhanbad and Ghatshila, respectively, stole Rs 10,000 from the HDFC savings of Jamshedpur’s Mango area resident Samita Das after convincing her that her account would be deactivated in adherence to RBI guidelines if she didn’t part with her bank details and let them help her.
SSP Amol V. Homkar said Sanjiv and Rakesh worked with Aegis Limited, a global business services provider headquartered in Gurgaon.
“A week ago, a resident of Mango called us to say that unidentified callers had sought her bank account details and the next day she found Rs 10,000 missing from her account in two instalments,” Homkar said.
Detailing on the modus operandi, he added that the callers, later identified as the arrested duo, introduced themselves as BPO employees working for HDFC Bank. They told Das that her account had a problem and would be closed soon to meet RBI norms. They warned her that she would not be able to use the ATM either until they reactivated the account.
An unassuming Das spilled her savings number and other bank details, inadvertently helping Sanjiv and Rakesh hack into her account and steal the money.
After Rs 10,000 vanished from her savings, Das went to MGM police station, where the officer-in-charge advised her to meet additional SP Shailendra Burnwal who is also the in-charge of the cyber cell. Burnwal and his team traced the number from which calls were made to Das and arrested the two from their workplace on Monday.
SSP Homkar said that though they had received over a dozen similar complaints in the past six months, this was the first time that the cyber police made arrests.
Last month, two residents in Kadma had been conned of over Rs 50,000 in a similar manner. The victims lodged separate complaints, but the criminals are still at large. Complaints were also received at Sakchi and Bistupur police stations, prompting Homkar to recently revive the dormant cyber cell.
The Internet crime buster was set up in 2007 under then SSP Naveen Kumar Singh. After Singh was promoted as DIG (Kolhan) and a section of his officers having sound knowledge of cyber crime was transferred to other districts, the cell became defunct.
April 19: An advocate of Jamshedpur civil court lost Rs 12,000 from his Sakchi branch savings with ICICI Bank
April 4: A police constable in Golmuri swindled of Rs 25,000 from his SBI account
March 7: Jayshree
Kumari, a resident of Green Enclave in
Kadma found Rs 25,000 missing from her SBI