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Ramakanta Biswas

Three cyber criminals belonging to the notorious ‘Jamtara gang’ who were arrested by the Odisha police last month, had ripped off people mostly on the pretext of KYC updation, the Crime Branch informed on Wednesday. 

The trio was arrested from Rasulgarh in Bhubaneswar on January 29. 

The investigating agency released a video showing the modus operandi adopted by the fraudsters to defraud people and urged citizens to report any cyber fraud within one hour of the crime, terming it as ‘golden hour’.

The agency said if the victim dials cyber crime help desk number- 155260 within one hour of occurrence of the crime, the fraudulent transaction can be prevented. The cyber desk claimed to have recovered a whopping Rs 55 lakh that was swindled from people in the past six months and managed to prevent transfer of another Rs 26 lakh. 

Speaking to the reporters, Additional Director General, Crime Branch, Sanjeeb Panda said, “Most of the frauds executed by the arrested accused were on the pretext of KYC update. We have sufficient data and working out to collect more.” 

“A total of 55 FIRs have been registered against the fraudsters across the country. We received a warrant against them in connection with a case in Bengaluru. Besides, police from other states are also approaching us to take their custody,” Panda said.    

Speaking about the video released by the Crime Branch, Panda said, “In the video, you have seen how the fraudsters talked to a customer and tried to win her trust. First the caller introduced himself as an employee of a bank and then passed the call to another person introducing him as manager so that they could trick the unsuspecting customer into sharing all the credentials of the bank account.” 

“As we frequently sensitise people not to share OTP (One time password) to anyone, the cyber crooks do not use the word OTP and instead call them code and ask customer to share the same,” he added.

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