Five held for ‘opening up’ bank a/cs for loan apps in Andhra Pradesh

The arrests were made based on a complaint by Appalabhaktula Nagendra Murthy of Gudivadalanka in Eluru, police said.

Published: 04th October 2022 05:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th October 2022 05:46 AM   |  A+A-

arrest, handcuffs, crime

Image used for representational purpose only.

By Express News Service

ELURU: Five people were arrested for facilitating the transfer of loan repayments through their personal bank accounts on behalf of loan app organisers. Identifying the accused as Ketadi Venkatesh of Visakhapatnam, Katiki Sandeep of Hyderabad, Nagamuthu and Vigneswaran both of Madurai,​ and Arun of Chennai, Eluru rural police said they had facilitated the transfer of huge sums for a commission.

The arrests were made based on a complaint by Appalabhaktula Nagendra Murthy of Gudivadalanka in Eluru, police said. He had downloaded 14 loan apps on his mobile phone and borrowed `46,846. Even after repaying `3.28 lakh in 76 instalments through UPI, the agents kept harassing him for more, Eluru police chief Rahul Dev Sharma said, adding that four teams were formed to probe the complaint. Investigators found that about `48 crore were transacted through 33 bank accounts. Police later interrogated five bank account holders.

Don’t download loan apps, police caution people

They confessed that some people had contacted them via social media and offered 0.5 per cent commission for transactions made through their accounts. One among them, Venkatesh said he was working as an online food delivery executive and came to know about the loan app transactions through a friend. He handed over his bank account details to the loan app operators for a commission, and transactions worth Rs 1.63 crore were made through his account.

The second accused, Sandeep, confessed he was contacted over social media platforms. Transactions worth Rs 9,01,500 lakh were made through his account. Arun of Chennai, too, was contacted in a similar fashion, and transactions to the tune of Rs 40 lakh were made through his account.

Officer Sharma warned people against downloading loan apps. “If you fall victim, lodge a complaint with the district cyber cell police,’’ he said. For complaints, dial 100, 112, or 8332959175.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp