HYDERABAD: An army jawan, who is guarding the borders of the country at Kargil, was duped of Rs 3.6 lakh by his relative over the past one and half year. The relative siphoned off the money from the bank account of the Army jawan.
The accused, Vishnu Prasad, a native of Prakasham district in Andhra Pradesh, forged the signature of the jawan to obtain net banking password and transferred money from the jawan's account to his associate's bank accounts. He was arrested by Rachakonda police.
The fraud came to light when jawan B Kishore Kumar’s wife visited the bank to withdraw money and discovered the shortfall in cash deposited in the account.
She enquired with her husband and came to know that Kishore had shared the details of his bank account with his kin G Vishnu Prasad, seeking help in transferring the account from Nasik to Hyderabad.
“In December 2015, Kishore Kumar requested Vishnu to help him transfer his bank account from Nasik to Hyderabad. He sent a self attested letter addressing the bank officials stating that Vishnu was being sent on his behalf for the account transfer. Meanwhile, Vishnu forged the signature of Kumar and managed to replace his mobile number with the jawan’s number to receive alerts and also obtained a net banking kit, using which he transferred the money,” said police.
Police said the accused had transferred money in smaller amounts during December 2015 to February 2016, to avoid suspicion. He had totally diverted Rs 3.6 lakh to his friends’ accounts and later collected the money from them.
Recently, Kishore Kumar's wife approached police complaining about the fraudulent withdrawal of money and a case was registered under sections 406, 417, 419, 420, 468 and 471 of IPC and also under sections 66 C & 66 D Information Technology Act by the Rachakonda cyber crime police.
During probe, the cyber crime officials verified the transaction details of the jawan’s bank account and found that the money was transferred into several bank accounts by Vishnu Prasad. Based on the mobile number, he was traced to Hyderabad and was taken into custody for questioning.
“We advise public to regularly change their ATM PIN and net banking passwords. Swapping the cards with others may lead to misuse,” said police.