A Mumbai-based Paytm Customer has been duped of INR 1.7 Lakh by a gang whose kingpin is from Jamtara District in Jharkand. The gang managed to get hold of the customer’s account on the pretext of updating his know your customer (KYC) details.
As per a report, a message was sent by the gang from an unknown number to the Paytm user, asking him to provide his KYC details or else his Paytm account will be blocked. The message also contained a contact number.
As soon as the victim dialled the number, he was asked to download Team Viewer (a screen sharing tool) and send Re.1 to any Paytm user. The screensharing tool could easily help them get hold on his login details. Even before the Paytm Customer could hang up the phone, INR 1.72 Lakh got withdrawn from his bank account.
As per the revelations of the Police investigation, one of the accused Big Bazaar cash vouchers worth INR 50K and forwarded it to other 3 gang members who further bought 70 mobile phones and later sold them in Lower Parel and Grand Road in Mumbai.
Three of the accused have been arrested by the Police on January 14 and the search for other gang members including the kingpin is still going on.
Vijay Shekhar, Founder at Paytm had also tweeted about such frauds in November 2019. His tweet highlighted one such SMSes. The decision turned out post Paytm’s cyber cell and the RBI ombudsman came in terms with a few fraud related complaints from its users.
Recently the records suggest that six Paytm users were deceived of INR 5.04 Lakh by Fraudsters pretending to be Paytm employees. One of the users also mentioned that he got a call from the scamster asking him to update his KYC and execute a payment of Rs. 10 in the ‘Quick Support’ app for the same purpose.
Notably they also asked the user to share his Pan and Aadhaar card number post which the user lost more than INR 1.2 Lakh. Similar instances have been noticed by 5 Paytm users in Mohali who received calls and December 2019 and January 2020.
According to a cyber officer from Mumbai Police, this kind of cybercrime is trending since a year. 40 such numbers have been noted by them. The calls are reportedly from Jamtara in Jharkand which is known as the hub of cyber crimes and frauds. Apart from Jamtara two three more places in North Indian states have been traced from where these calls are being made.