Srinagar: Cyber Police Station Kashmir received a complaint from a senior citizen of Srinagar City, stating therein that an amount of Rs.11lacs has been fraudulently withdrawn from his bank account regarding which he has no knowledge. Accordingly, Cyber Police Kashmir started an investigation promptly into the matter.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the said Rs11lacs were transferred into the bank account of the complainant’s nephew. Accordingly, after verifying the facts from the complainant’s nephew, he disclosed that he came in touch with scammers over social media sites and they motivated him to invest in online trading to receive hefty returns and direct credit to his bank account. He further disclosed that apart from the said amount of Rs 11lacs, he has also withdrawn an amount of Rs 19lacs from his father’s bank account and invested the same in online trading/investment resulting in huge financial loss of Rs 30lacs.
The Cyber team coordinated with the Bank authorities to ascertain the details of these transactions, from which it was revealed that the said hefty amount has been transferred through Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and Internet Banking into different online payment gateways. The matter was further taken up with the gateway authorities to ascertain the transaction details.
Acting swiftly, the investigation team was successful in tracing all the transactions in different online payment gateways which were being used to exchange into foreign currency and whole amount of Rs 30 lakh was blocked and further refunded back to complainants’ bank accounts. It’s pertinent to mention that, Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone also saved an amount of Rs 7lacs during the month of January-2022.
On the directions of IGP Kashmir Zone, various awareness campaigns and programmes have also been initiated by the Cyber Police Kashmir, wherein general public is made aware about various contemporary online frauds and scams etc.
Community members have hailed the prompt action of Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone Srinagar in tracing and saving the hard earned money of public. General public is once again advised not to fell prey to the fraudsters contacting them in the name of investment/trade advisors and promising undue profits within short periods.