A woman living in Vastrapur lost Rs92,000 to fraudsters who through cyber crime convinced her that her phone number had been selected for Rs25 lakh lucky draw in Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) game show. The fraudsters sent her a link and then got Rs92,000 from her account.
The victim, Bhavika, a resident of a society in Vastrapur near Judges Bungalow got a Whatsapp call that was purportedly from one Akash Verma from Bank of Baroda. The callers said Bhavika’s phone number had been selected from a lucky draw for Rs25 lakh and the money will be transferred to the bank account.
When Bhavika said that she had not taken part in KBC, the caller sent her a picture of a cheque with her name on it and the KBC logo, and even her picture to convince her as part of the elaborate cyber crime trap.
He then said they did not need an OTP from her and that they would send her a link which she had to allow. When Bhavika allowed the same Rs92,000 was debited from her account.
When Bhavika called the number to complain about the debit they convinced her against it and robbed her of Rs2000. Later she filed a complaint with the Vastrapur police station and the cyber crime will probe it.
Types of cyber crime
The case of Bhavika falls under the cyber crime fraud in which a person can be lured with email/ SMS/ call informing him/her that their name or number was selected in a lucky draw and they can get a huge prize by verifying their details. The cyber crime on its website said in such cases the company asks for financial details or payment towards processing fees. Once the person makes the first payment, he/she is prompted for another payment and the cycle goes on till the victim realizes that it’s a trap. It’s considered to be one of the signature Nigerian frauds, the cybre crime unit said.
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