A 40-year-old man from Delhi hacked the e-mail account of a retired senior diplomat and used it to dupe his contacts by sending them requests for monetary assist, stated the police on Tuesday after arresting the person and uncovering an elaborate fraud wherein he had allegedly made greater than ₹1 crore.
The suspect, Akram Ali, had additionally used an identical modus operandi to pose as an revenue tax and excise division officer to blackmail and extort different individuals for cash, stated Atul Kumar Thakur, the deputy commissioner of police (south).
The police stated Ali, who lives in south Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, has solely studied until Class 10 however allegedly got here up with an concept that concerned hacking the e-mail accounts of distinguished individuals after which both emotionally blackmailing their contacts into transferring cash as monetary assist or extorting them for cash. He used to work for a newspaper company as a part of the distribution crew.
The cyber crew of the south Delhi district police had been alerted of this modus operandi when the consulate common of a Latin American nation approached the police with a grievance late final month.
“The diplomat’s e mail contacts had obtained requests for monetary assist from his e mail ID. Two of his contacts had even helped with contributions of about ₹1.four lakh. When he later interacted with considered one of them, he discovered that his e mail account was used fraudulently to ship these requests,” stated the DCP.
When the police started probing the alleged fraud, they traced the IP addresses and the financial institution accounts wherein the cash had been deposited. “However we discovered that the accounts had been created utilizing Aadhaar playing cards that had addresses wherein the account holders didn’t dwell at present, and SIM playing cards utilizing the identical faux addresses,” stated the DCP.
The police related one of many Aadhaar numbers to a labourer in Delhi. They stated the labourer was residing in a brand new place.
When the labourer allegedly recognized Ali as the person who had received his tackle on the Aadhaar card modified, organized for his keep in a rented dwelling and opened a number of financial institution accounts in his title, the police realised that they had stumbled upon a well-planned fraud.
“To obtain the extortion cash in financial institution accounts with out being traced, Ali had approached a couple of dozen labourers who had Aadhaar playing cards, however they couldn’t be traced again to the tackle recorded on them,” stated the DCP.
The method would start with Ali promising ₹10,000-₹20,000 to the labourers in the event that they did as he stated.
“Ali would first lease rooms for these labourers. He would then change their addresses within the Aadhaar playing cards. Utilizing the brand new tackle, he would open four-five financial institution accounts in every of their names. He would additionally procure SIM playing cards of their names and hold them,” stated the DCP.
Ali would then allegedly information his potential victims to an internet hyperlink which could possibly be used to make the funds — which might land within the financial institution accounts of the labourers. Ali would then withdraw the cash from ATMs.
The police stated that after Ali was arrested from his dwelling on Sunday, he confessed to dishonest many extra individuals utilizing related strategies. “However it’s unlikely that this man is working alone. It required a number of abilities and he could possibly be working with extra individuals. He has named one different particular person and we’re ascertaining that particular person’s involvement and attempting to nab him,” stated one other police officer.