The Bidhannagar Cyber Crime cell has arrested five people who cheated on a man “based on a web series based on an actual phishing scam,” officers said Wednesday.
Police identified the defendants as Manish Kumar Jha (25) from Madhubani Bihar and Kartik Kumar (21) from Samastipur in Bihar.
Priyanshu Sharma (21) from Dal Singh Sarai Samantipur, Rakesh Kumar (20) from Navada in Bihar and Deepak Kumar (25) from Purba Singh Jharkhand. Police seized 19 ATM cards, 4 PAN cards, 6 additional SIM cards, among others in their possession.
On December 25 of last year, police received a complaint from PK Bhahma (80) Salt Lake, Kolkata through his authorized person Chandan Chaulia to the effect that the complainant received several calls on his mobile number from the numbers 9433857479, 9433393632.
The appellants convinced the plaintiff to make payment to purchase certain products, which resulted in him being scammed for Rs 40,686 by a group of people. The defendants have posed as a representative of a large global online retail company.
Police said those arrested were “wanted” in a few similar cases in Bihar and Jharkhand. Police filed a complaint on September 25 under sections 419/420 (deception and fraud) 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) IPC. A new investigation is underway, officers said on Wednesday.
In another incident, a man alleged that nearly 19 lakh of rupees was withdrawn from his bank account after downloading an app in an attempt to “update KYC documents”.
A complaint was lodged with the Burtolla police station. An investigation is underway, officers said.