Vikash Sharma

Balasore: A police team from Delhi’s Amar Colony Police Station on Saturday arrested a 35-year-old man from Basta area in Balasore district on the charges of online fraud and duping an export and import company of the national capital.

The accused has been identified as Sanmay Panda. He has been arrested by Delhi police with assistance of their Basta counterparts.

Senior police officials said that three mobile phones, three laptops, huge quantity of electronics items like printer, scanner, cartridges, hard disk, stolen auto mobile items and over 100 mobile SIM and Aadhar cards have been seized from Panda’s possession.

As per reports, Panda was operating one Aadhaar card correction and kiosk banking sub-centre in the name of Digital Seva at Basta. He allegedly cheated several customers by doing fraudulent transactions from their bank accounts as he used to store biometric data of the customers who came to his centre.

It is alleged that Panda had fraudulently withdrawn Rs 54,000 from the bank account of an elderly woman by finger print withdrawal and subsequently a case against him was registered by Basta police. The fraud came to light after the victim went to the bank and updated her passbook at Bank of India branch.

Police said that the accused subsequently changed his strategy and started targeting people from outside Odisha. Through online marketing organisation, Panda started placing orders for different products like electronics equipment, automobile parts and other valuable items through internet.

“The accused also hacked SBI website and made fake payment slips which he used to give to different company for placing order. After getting the products through courier, he used to resale the products in different markets at lower price. He used to dispose the SIM card after the fraud,” said a statement issued by police.

Senior officials said that the accused had recently placed order for Automobile parts from NAREDI. IN, an export and import company of Delhi and received the said parts through courier.

“The accused used to provide GST number of different persons after searching from internet and used their name and GST number to place online orders. He will be produced before CJM court Balasore after which he will be taken to Delhi,” the statement added.

(Edited By Ramakant Biswas)