In Mumbai, a case of SIM swapping fraud has surfaced. On the night of 27-28 December, 6 Miss calls were received from two new numbers on the mobile of businessman V Shah, who lives in the Mahim area, and after a while, he got a notification of Rs 2 crore being debited from his account. As soon as he got to know about this, the money was transferred to 14 different accounts from his account.
It is being told that the numbers from which they called were one British code (+44). When they called back on this number, they came to know that the number has also been closed. Fearing the worst, he went to the bank. Here he saw that 1.86 crore rupees have been transferred from different accounts to different accounts.
The bank also took immediate steps and got back 20 lakh rupees. Whereas, the rest of the money was withdrawn from the accounts. On their complaint, the BKC Cyber Crime Police has started investigating the matter by registering an FIR under sections 420, 419, 34 of the IPC and Section 43 and 66D of the IT Act.
The police say that criminals must have got their hands on the unique sim id of the businessman. However, Shah did not share the unique SIM number with anyone.
Cyber experts say that thugs collect user’s personal details through phishing, voice fishing and skimming. After this, they can install the malware in the phone and collect the user’s SIM related and personal information and then execute the crime.
Mobile number gets blocked
According to the experts, the customer’s mobile number becomes blocked shortly after sending the message during SIM swapping. After the user’s mobile number is blocked, they withdraw the duplicate SIM of the customer with the help of the customer’s Fake ID proof, and after receiving the mobile number and OTP, change the customer’s online banking password and then transfer money using it.