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The Delhi police’s cyber cell said that the victim neither answered the call nor shared any OTP, but the accused managed to extract all her personal information, including banking details, and stole money.

Updated Oct 24, 2023 | 12:58 PM IST

Phone Hacking Scam: Delhi Advocate Losses Rs 50 lakh after receiving 3 Missed Calls

New Delhi: A North Delhi-based advocate has become the latest victim of the phone hacking scam after receiving three missed calls from unknown numbers and losing money from his bank account.

The Delhi police’s cyber cell said that the victim neither answered the call nor shared any OTP, but the accused managed to extract all her personal information, including banking details, and stole money.

On October 18, an incident was reported involving an advocate who works in trial and high courts. She informed the police that she had lost a significant amount of money from her bank account. The police didn’t reveal the exact amount she lost. According to an officer, the 35-year-old advocate received three missed calls from a phone number. When she called back from a different number, the person on the other end claimed it was a courier delivery call.

“She had only shared her house address with the accused, thinking she would be receiving a package from a friend, and she even received it. Later, two messages from her banking services application about two withdrawals, without her knowledge, alarmed her. The advocate had not shared any banking details, OTP, or password. When she approached us, we found money was debited several times without her consent,” said the officer, who termed the case ‘SIM Swap fraud’, as per the Indian Express report.

During the investigation, it was discovered that the woman had an “unusual” web browsing history on websites and portals that she hadn’t visited herself. “She also received SMSs with regard to phishing links; a suspicious message about some UPI registration has also been found. The woman told us she was not dealing with UPI or any such website,” added the officer.

“The woman in her complaint has also said that she received a call (after the scam) from a man, who portrayed himself as an IFSO officer, seeking her bank statement. Luckily, she didn’t share any details with him,” the officer said.

The police have not yet identified any suspects in this case. They’ve registered a complaint with the cyber cell and are currently investigating the transactions to determine who is responsible.

This incident is the third or fourth case of SIM card swapping or phone hacking scams in Delhi. In these cases, the culprits typically steal mobile phone numbers and link them to a new SIM card, often with the help of an employee from a mobile service provider. The accused obtain information about their targets through connections within mobile companies and then use these connections to switch SIM cards. Once they have control of the SIM card, they can obtain one-time passwords (OTPs), allowing them to access their victims’ bank accounts.

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