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SMS fraud: Police team to travel to Mumbai

Published: 10th July 2012 12:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th July 2012 12:32 PM   |  A+A-

The police team will travel to Mumbai for the investigation of the cyber case in which a person from Eloor was robbed of Rs 3.36 crore.

The victim, Anil Kumar, 50, was lured by a fraudulent SMS promising him Rs  500 crore as inheritance from a business man in US.

The SMS claimed that Anil Kumar was selected to inherit the property as he was named in the final will of the businessman.

On replying to the SMS, Anil was asked to submit his bank account details for transfering the money gained from the sale of the property.

A second message followed, citing trouble with the transfer of money and asking Anil to help the businessman’s lawyer by depositing Rs 3.36 crore to another account. As directed, Anil deposited the money in the said account.

“But after depositing the money, no SMSs were received and only then did the victim realise the fraud. Sadly, Anil belongs to a middle-class family and had borrowed the money promising to return it to the lender at a high interest rate,” the police official said.

The Cyber Cell has started investigating the case and they are trying to locate the mobile number and the bank account to which the money has been transferred.

From the initial investigation, the cell traced a person in Mumbai who had made a money transfer from the bank account mentioned in the SMS. The team will travel to Mumbai on Wednesday.



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