“Your mobile SIM card will be switched off immediately. If you want to keep it on, click on the link sent to SMS. If you click on that link, a one-time password (OTP) will be sent to your phone. If you give us that number, your SIM will be activated.” - A resident of Salt Lake Sector 2, named Manav Mehra, obeyed the instructions of the person on the other end of the phone, without thinking in any direction.
After a while, 11 lakh rupees disappeared from his account. Despite repeatedly warning the citizens, the officials of the Bidhannagar Commissionerate are disappointed with the same mistake. They say as long as citizens are not alert, such crimes cannot be stopped. The fraudsters identified themselves as representatives of a telecom company.
While selling the SIM, the customer's picture and a copy of the Aadhaar card are left on the mobile and then a fake card is made by putting another person's picture on top of the Aadhaar card.
In that incident, Police in Salt Lake East arrested Asif Khan, a resident of West Burdwan, on
January 25 after investigating the incident. After questioning the arrested fraudster, the names of 4 more people came up. Bidhannagar Police arrested Santanu Pradhan, Saugata Panda, and Navakumar Patra from the Agra Police Station area of East Midnapore on Wednesday night. Saugata is a distributor of a telecom company and Navakumar is a salesman of that company.
Through them, a bunch of fake SIM cards went to the fraudsters of the infamous Jamtara gang. The public prosecutor of the case told the court that out of the two mobile phones used in the scam, 100 SIM cards were filled in the last month. While selling the SIM, the customer's picture and a copy of the Aadhaar card are left on the mobile and then a fake card is made by putting another person's picture on top of the Aadhaar card.
The police department is constantly appealing to the people to be aware to prevent such scams and fraudulent activities.
In another incident, a few youths were trying to snatch money from a driver of a truck full of cows by introducing themselves on Wednesday night near Akanksha more in Newtown. The police of Eco Park police station went and interrogated them. They were detained due to inconsistencies in speech. But even after that, there are multiple inconsistencies in their statements. The Bidhannagar police think that the identity cards obtained from those people may also be forged.
These five people were arrested in the incident on Thursday. Police suspect that a ring is active behind the incident. According to an officer, one among the five fraudsters was wearing a false police uniform, which successfully helped them to stop the truck and intimidate the truck driver.
The police department is facing questions as such fraud scams have recently spread across the city. As the number of scams continues to rise, there is a lot of excitement among the citizens of Kolkata. The police department is constantly appealing to the people to be aware to prevent such scams and fraudulent activities.