A Mumbai doctor lost INR 500,000 in a cyber fraud incident after responding to a fake message about an overdue electricity bill, according to the Maharashtra Police.
Fraudsters stole INR 498,000 from the account of a 63-year-old doctor in Mumbai by pretending to be an electricity company and requesting payment for an overdue bill, according to officials.
The Mumbai-based doctor who was defrauded of INR 498,000 in a cybercrime incident has been identified as Vidya Suratkal. According to a complaint filed by Suratkal on Friday, she received a message from an unknown number claiming to be from Tata Power, warning her that her power would be disconnected unless she paid an overdue bill. Suratkal, suspecting the message to be legitimate due to the caller’s use of a Tata Power helpdesk number, responded and was then tricked into downloading the Quick Pay app by someone posing as a Tata Power official. The fraudster then withdrew large sums of money from Suratkal’s bank account through the app.
Suratkal, who is a resident of Deonar, has her father’s bank account linked with her number. She realised about the scam only when she started receiving messages of money getting debited from her father’s bank account.
A case has been registered with the Bandra police station in India for alleged offenses under sections 419 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 66 C and D of the IT Act. An investigation has been opened by Police Inspector Rajesh Devare.
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