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A city-based advocate from North Delhi has become the latest victim of the phone hacking scam or SIM swap in the national capital after she received three missed calls from unknown numbers and lost money from her bank account.

The Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell said that the lawyer neither answered any phone calls from the accused nor did she share any personal details or OTP, but, the accused managed to extract all her personal information including banking details and stole her money.

The incident was reported on October 18, when the advocate who practices in trial and high courts, told the police that she lost lakhs of rupees from her account. The police refused to divulge details about the cheated amount. According to an officer, the 35-year-old advocate received three missed calls from a mobile number. Later, she called the person from another number, but was told that 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 as ‘SIM Swap fraud’.

The investigation further revealed that the woman had an “unusual” browser history to sites and portals, which weren’t accessed by her. “She also received SMSs with regard to phishing links; a suspicious message of some UPI registration has also been found. The woman told us she was not dealing with UPI or any such website,” added the officer.

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“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.

Police said no suspects have been identified yet. A case has been registered with the cyber cell and transactions are being checked to identify the accused.

This is the third or fourth case of SIM swap or phone hacking scam in Delhi wherein the accused usually steal mobile phone numbers and assign it to a new SIM card with the help of a mobile carrier. Police say the accused procure details of their targets with connections at mobile companies, use other connections with mobile carriers to swap the SIM cards. Once they have control of the SIM card, they manage to get OTPs and password details to access the bank accounts of their targets.


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First published on: 23-10-2023 at 04:41 IST


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