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Cyber-crime police foil fraud executed through SIM interchange in Hyderabad


A wide network of phishing scam was detected on January 19 in Hyderabad wherein the cyber-criminals carrying out identity fraud interchanged mobile phones' SIM cards with the purpose of stealing the victims' money. The scam involved 7 individuals, including 2 persons as natives of Nigeria. So far Cyberabad's Cyber Crime Police have arrested 6, while the kingpin can't be caught.


The leaders in the fraudulent game, 2 Nigerians among whom one carried out activities from abroad. Together all the scammers hacked into enterprise mailboxes via phishing e-mails. Police states the gang's kingpin named Ebigbo Innocent (another name is James) of Nigeria continues fleeing, while the remaining individuals in the bandit were taken into custody from West Bengal's capital city Kolkata. Those charged had identities such as Odafe Henry, one Nigerian living in Kolkata, 35-yr-old Rajat Kundu, 31-yr-old Ankan Saha, 52-yr-old Santosh Benerjee, 38-yr-old Sanjib Das and 42-yr-old Chandan Verma all residing in Kolkata.


At the time of investigation, police unearthed that James, the key person charged in the crime and carrying out operations from Nigeria, sent phishing e-mails to companies within India seeking to break into their systems. In this manner he garnered mobile number and online banking details which he shared with Santosh, Rajat and Henry via the Internet. The gang members used the details for creating duplicate rubber stamps and fake documents of the companies. They then submitted those forged papers and got issued fresh SIM cards. These SIM cards helped the criminals carry out dubious transactions via the targeted companies' accounts in different banks. From there they moved the money into their own A/Cs via utilizing the one time passwords obtained from the fresh SIM cards on the hacked companies' cell-phone numbers. www.hansindia.com posted this dated January 20, 2019.


Now, besides Henry along with Ebigbo, the remaining 5 charged belonged to Kolkata. All the 7 are said to have defrauded thirteen companies within Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Ahmedabad off more than INR 70 lakhs. Reportedly, Cyberabad cops initiated the investigation following attacks against Shalom Chemical Industries and Eilm Chemicals by the accused during December last.


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