Amboli police on Saturday arrested a gang of four fraudsters who allegedly embezzled money from people’s accounts by posing as officials of the income tax department. The defendants allegedly convince their victims to click on phishing links by claiming to update their Permanent Account Number (PAN) card details.
According to Amboli Police, investigations were opened into the matter last month, when the police received a complaint from Rohit Ghuste, a resident of Amboli, who lost Rs. 1.4 lakh from his personal account at the beginning of last month.
“The victim had received a call from one of the defendants, asking him to update his PAN card. They then sent a link to his mobile number and asked him to click on it and fill in the details required to complete the procedure,” said an Amboli police official.
After clicking on the link, Ghuste lost Rs. 1.4 lakh from his account almost immediately.
“When we received the complaint, we started the technical investigation and traced the account where the money was sent from the victim’s account,” the official added.
The police investigation led them to a mobile phone shop in Surat owned by Ashish Bhodhara, 32, and Jemish Virani, 25, who were both arrested. On questioning the two, police discovered the involvement of Vipul Bhodhara, 32, and Pradeep Rangani, 27, in the crime, who were also placed under arrest.
The police recovered 153 credit cards, four cell phones and an invoice which they used to carry out their criminal activities. Police are now investigating how the accused managed to obtain so many credit cards and what they were used for.
A cheating case was filed against the four under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act 2000. similar procedure.
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