Published On : Mon, Nov 9th, 2020

On-line fraudster dupes teenager of Rs 8.95 lakh

Nagpur: BEWARE! If your child is using mobile phone linked with bank accounts as it is a very easy task for on-line fraudsters to dupe them with sugar-coated words. One such case is reported in Koradi area in which an online fraudster siphoned off Rs 8.95 lakh from a bank account of a man. The bank account was linked to a mobile phone of the man and his 15-yearold son was using the phone. Such incidents are cause of concern for the parents as children are widely using mobile phone to attend on-line classes.

A police official said that Dhiraj Ashok Manwate (15), a resident of Ward No 1, Koradi, was using mobile phone of his father. He received a phone call on Wednesday at 5.45 pm. The caller introduced himself as Rajesh Sharma, Customer Care Executive of PhonePe. Sharma reportedly told Manwate that he would increase credit limit of his PhonePe account and asked to download AnyDesk application from Google Play Store. After the application was downloaded by Manwate, the fraudster took full control of his mobile phone and transferred Rs 8.95 lakh to unknown bank accounts.

After realising the fraud, Manwate family approached the police and lodged a complaint. An offence under Sections 419 and 420 of Indian Penal Code read with Sections 66 (k), 66 (d) of Information Technology Act was registered by the police. A police official said that AnyDesk is a remote access mobile phone tool which provides a third party control of the user’s mobile phone.

“Such application should not be downloaded in mobile phone as it gave virtual control of phone to third party,” he said. “The parents should not give mobile phone to their children which is connected to bank account,” he further appealed.