J&K : KYC gang busted, 2 arrested for fraud

Cyber Cell of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday claimed to have busted a gang involved in siphoning off money from bank accounts of people by cloning their KYC and has arrested two south Kashmir residents in this regard.
Officials of Cyber Police said that 7 Mobile Phones, 13 Sim Cards, 47 ATM Debit/Credit cards of different banks, 36 FINO Bank account, Kit books, 4 Cheque Books, 6 blank cheques, 7 Passbooks, and other documents were seized from their possession.
They said the accused used to pose as representatives of leading telecom companies. “They would then send bulk messages to the victim which read, “Dear XYZ your SIM card KYC documents will expire soon. Please call on 9xxxxxxxxx9 our JIO customer care team,” the police said.
During investigations, the police learnt that the messages were sent out in bulk. The accused used to ask the victims to download a remote application for instant help.
“They would then ask them to make a payment. When the unsuspecting victim would go ahead with the payment, he/she would receive a message stating that lakhs of rupees have been deducted from his account,” they said.
Cyber Police Kashmir registered FIR No 19/2021 and started investigations. During investigations, Cyber Police Kashmir Zone Srinagar tracked down two persons involved in such crimes who were arrested from a rented accommodation at New TheedHarwan, Srinagar.
Police have identified them as Mohammad HanzalaBeig, son of MohdShafi, resident of Court Road Vailoo, Kokernag and Mohammad Rajab Khan, son of Ali Mohammad, resident of Wairad, Kokernag A/P Gundtal New TheedHarwan.
The accused persons in connivance with non-local cybercriminals operation from UP, Bihar and other states in organized ways cheat/ defraud common people,” police said.
The two arrested accused were found to have created dozens of local bank accounts fraudulently and have provided the same along with their ATM Cards to the co-accused located outside the state. “Most of the bank accounts have been created in the name of destitute women from South Kashmir & Srinagar who have been provided with some monetary benefits by the arrested persons,” police said.