Man who duped Patiala lok sabha MP of 23 lakhs held with 693 SIM cards
KS Diwan/ royalpatiala.in/ Chandigarh
Patiala Police bought Ata ul Ansari , the man who duped Member Parliament from Patiala and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh wife Preneet Kaur of Rs. 23 lakhs, from Jharkhand on transit remand. A local court remanded all three in eight day police custody. Though the incident happened in Delhi, the bank account of Preneet Kaur is in Patiala from where the money was siphoned off.
During a press brief, SSP Patiala Mandeep Singh Sidhu said that the police have recovered 19 mobile phones and 693 SIM (subscriber identification module) cards from the accused. During preliminary investigation, they confessed that they had been committing online frauds for the past four years. The accused also confessed that they were not aware of the fact that they had duped a parliamentarian “
He further said that the accused had their numbers on Google and other apps, wherein anyone trying to reach the State Bank of India helpline would instead call them. “Once the caller gave them personal information regarding bank and account details, they would siphon off their money through various mobile banking applications; said sidhu.
He further informed that the accused was maintaining many e-wallets as a front and offering services such as depositing electricity bills, online shopping, by accepting cash and offering discounts. They would pocket the cash, thereby ending the online transaction detail.
He further said that after registering the case,”we have been able to seal some bank and mobile application accounts through which Rs 23 lakh were being transferred. The police have also frozen the e-wallet accounts into which the money was transferred from the MP’s account. A team under cyber cell incharge Tarandeep Kaur took swift action and not only we were able to trace the money but also able to identify the accused and arrest three of them”.
About the case
Member Parliament from Patiala Preenet Kaur and wife of Punjab Chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh looses Rs. 23 lakhs in a cyber fraud in the national Capital. Preenet Kaur was in Delhi during the ongoing Parliament session, between July 26 and 29.
She received a call from a fraudster, introducing himself as the bank manager of SBI. The fraudster asked her that as”the bank has to pay her salary, so quickly tell your account type, ATM number and CVC number. He further said that he is holding the call. When Preenet Kaur gave the detail, he further said that an OTP (One Time Password) number has come on her mobile number, please tell that number so that salary can be added now.”
As soon as Preneet Kaur gave him the OTP number, she got a message that Rs 23 lakhs has been deducted from my account. She immediately reported the matter to the police. The police immediately came into action and started investigation. A case has been registered on the complaint of the MP.