Banking fraud: Nigerian, Nepalese among 3 arrested

Last Updated: Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 21:58

New Delhi: 2 foreigners and their Indian
accomplice were arrested in south Delhi for allegedly hacking
into internet bank accounts of people and buying gadgets like
laptops, police said Saturday.

Investigators suspect that many gangs of international
hackers are involved in similar crime in the country. The
gangs operate from Mumbai and Bangalore and make calls to the
targets on the pretext of changing their bank mandates.

The arrested have been identified Praveen Gupta (27), a
Nepali national, Promise Eke (27), a Nigerian, and Tashi Wang
Chuk (21) hailing from Sikkim, DCP (South) H G S Dhaliwal
said.

8 laptops, 10 digital cameras and 17 Blackberry
mobiles, worth Rs 10 lakh, were recovered from them, he said.

The arrests came following a probe on money being
fraudulently withdrawn from 3 ICICI Bank accounts, the DCP
said.

It came to light that the huge transaction has been
incurred towards Future Bazaar located in Mumbai and Bangalore
from these three accounts, he said.

"We procured the details of the purchaser, as well as the
delivery address given at the courier company, were procured.
The courier company was approached and a police team along
with a delivery boy went to the address but could not find
anyone," he said.

The consignee was contacted on phone who told the
delivery boy to deliver the parcel at Navada Metro Station in
west Delhi. Chuk was arrested when he came to allegedly claim
the consignment and his apprehension led to the arrest of the
other two.

The trio allegedly used to make contact with e-bank
account holders over phone.

"They also generated SMS`s from ICICI Bank Call Centre
for winning the confidence of account holders. They also used
to arrange information regarding parentage, date of birth,
name of the nominee and account numbers and used this to win
the confidence of the account holder.

"They provide the same information to the account holders
and in good faith account holder provide them other
information regarding their account. Using this, they decoded
their e-bank account passwords and login ID`s and place
purchase orders to Future Bazaar.Com on the basis of this
hacked information," Dhaliwal said.

After placing the orders, they got the consignment
through a courier company on the fake address by placing one
of their associates to the mentioned address, the DCP said,
adding that the goods were sold later.

Gupta came to Delhi in 2007. He stayed for a year in
Uttam Nagar and returned back to Nepal, where he was engaged
in the profession of a guide. During this time, he allegedly
met with a hacker `Kaka` who lured him to the gang.

Eke, who has a BCA degree from Lagos University, came to
India on a business visa in 2007 and stayed in Chennai. He
later came to Delhi and stayed at Malviya Nagar. The Nigerian
has good knowledge of computers and started indulging in
hacking.

Chuk originally belongs to Sikkim and worked for the
gang and received the delivery parcels.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 21:58

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