Cyber Police Retrieves Rs 30 Lakh From Fraudsters

SRINAGAR: Cyber police Kashmir has retrieved Rs 30 lakh withdrawn by fraudsters from the bank accounts of two senior citizens on Friday.

A cyber police spokesman in a statement said, “Cyber Police Station Kashmir received a complaint from a senior citizen of Srinagar City, stating therein that an amount of ₹11lacs has been fraudulently withdrawn from his bank account regarding which he has no knowledge. Accordingly, Cyber Police Kashmir started investigation promptly into the matter.”

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the said ₹11lacs were transferred into the bank account of complainant’s nephew,” he said, adding that “accordingly, after verifying the facts from the complainant’s nephew, he disclosed that he came in touch with scammers over social media sites and they motivated him to invest in online trading to receive hefty returns and direct credit to his bank account.”

“He further disclosed that apart from the said amount of ₹11lacs, he has also withdrawn an amount of ₹19lacs from his father’s bank account and invested the same in online trading/investment resulting in huge financial loss of ₹30lacs,” said the spokesman.

“The Cyber team coordinated with the Bank authorities to ascertain the details of these transactions, wherefrom it was revealed that the said hefty amount has been transferred through Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and Internet Banking into different online payment gateways. The matter was further taken up with the gateway authorities to ascertain the transaction details,” he said.

“Acting swiftly, the investigation team was successful in tracing all the transactions in different online payment gateways which were being used to exchange into foreign currency and the whole amount of ₹30lacs was blocked and further refunded back to complainants’ bank accounts. It’s pertinent to mention that, Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone also saved an amount of ₹7lacs during the month of January-2022,” he added.

“On the directions of IGP Kashmir Zone, various awareness campaigns and programmes have also been initiated by the Cyber Police Kashmir, wherein the general public is made aware about various contemporary online frauds and scams etc,” said Cyber police spokesman in a statement.

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