The Hush Post| 2:17 pm|one-minute-read|
None other than the former minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur was duped by a man. And how? He just asked her the pin number of her ATM and the subsequent OTP (One Time Password).
The group which duped her from Jharkhand’s Jamtara notorious for cybercrime. This group managed to fraudulently withdraw over Rs 23 lakhs from the account of Punjab MP Preneet Kaur, wife of Punjab’s Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
Seven days ago, the mastermind Ataul Ansari, called up Preneet Kaur when she was attending the Parliament session. Impersonating as a State Bank of India (SBI) manager, Ataul asked for the ATM PIN and OTP number from Preneet Kaur.
He told Preneet that her salary has to be credited in the account and the vital information is needed immediately. After securing the PIN and OTP, Rs 23 lakh was withdrawn from Preneet Kaur’s account in three transactions. Sensing foul play, she lodged a complaint with the police.
This is when Punjab Police detected a connection with Jamtara. Jamtara SP Anshuman was contacted by Punjab Police. Jharkhand Police and a special team from Punjab acted in tandem and made a breakthrough.
They were able to arrest one Ataul Ansari on Tuesday from Karmatar village. Ataul Ansari has now been taken on remand by the Punjab Police.
Karmatar has its own tainted past. Few years ago, it was a village of a few huts. The cyber frauds in dreams of opulence resorted to means that would get them fast money. Now the once sleepy hamlet dotted with small huts has transformed into a town of palatial houses.
The cyber frauds of Narayanpur and Karmatar in last six years have fraudulently siphoned off hefty amounts from the bank accounts of innocent people from Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab and Andaman and Nicobar islands.
Police reports reveal that cyber crime started in 2013 in Jamtara. More than 110 criminals have been arrested from Jamtara. Around other 90 cyber criminals have been identified and are on the radar of ED for amassing wealth of more than Rs 50 crore.
Recently, Delhi Police picked up one Sitaram Mandal for allegedly hacking the account of Amitabh Bachhan and withdrawing a sum of Rs 5 lakh.
Similarly, a Union minister lost Rs 1.80 lakh, an MP from Kerala suffered a blow of Rs 1.60 lakh and a BJP MLA from UP was cheated off Rs 5,000.