INR 9 Lakh transferred fraudulently by an app download on fathers' phone

Last Wednesday, bank account of a man residing near Nagpur was ransacked by an unidentified caller allegedly. He has siphoned off INR 9 lakh from after asking the victim’s teenage son to download an application on his father’s phone. "The victim, Ashok Manwate, a resident of Koradi, has lodged a complaint in this connection,” a police official said.

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“The victim’s 15-year-old son was using his father’s phone when he received a call from an unknown number on Wednesday. The caller introduced himself as a customer care executive of a digital payments company,” he said, adding that the mobile phone was linked to Manwate’s bank account. The fraudster deceived the boy that the credit limit of his father’s digital payment account will be increased and asked him to download an application of a remote desktop software on the phone for same, he said. 

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“As soon as the boy downloaded the app, the caller gained access of the phone remotely and siphoned off Rs 8.95 lakh from Manwate’s bank account,” the police official said. IPC sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating) and the Information Technology Act has been registered for the offence.

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