Indian Actor Annu Kapoor, who recently lost over Rs 4 lakh in online fraud, took to his Instagram handle to thank the Oshiwara police in Mumbai for taking swift action on his complaint and helping him get back over Rs 3 lakh.
Recently, Kapoor received a call where the man, who identified himself as Krishnakumar Reddy, said that he was speaking from the head branch of HSBC Bank.
The fraudster then told Kapoor that the KYC (know your customer) of his HSBC bank account was pending and if not completed, his bank account would be closed.
When Kapoor asked what all was needed for the KYC, the caller said Kapoor would have to give his bank account number and share the OTP he received on his mobile phone.
After Kapoor shared the OTP with the caller, amounts to the tune of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 2.36 lakhs were deducted from his bank account in two transactions. Later, the actor received a call from the customer care of HSBC Bank saying that his account had been compromised and that total Rs 4,36,000/- had been deducted from his account.
Kapoor then approached Oshiwara police and registered a complaint against the online fraud. A case under sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC and Section 66 (c) and (d) of the IT Act was registered at Oshiwara police station.
Senior inspector Manohar Dhanawade then contacted the manager of HSBC bank and informed about the fraudulent transactions. The bank manager informed the police about the accounts, into which money got transferred. The police reached out to the managers/nodal officers of Canara and Union Bank and directed them through email to stop debit from the bank accounts, in which Kapoor’s money was transferred.
Out of the total defrauded amount, Rs 3,08,000 was frozen in the accounts and the accused were not able to withdraw the money. The process of refunding the amount to Kapoor’s bank account is underway.