Mumbai Crime Branch Cyber Police have tracked down and arrested a member of a Jharkhand cyber fraud gang who allegedly tricked 26 Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) customers into posing as power utility officials and encouraging customers to reveal their bank details. , which were then used to transfer money from their bank accounts.
The accused, Charku Mandal, 27, is a resident of Darbe village in Deoghar district. Mandal is a college dropout, runs a mobile shop and stays with his wife and child, police said. He and two other aides, who are on the run, targeted mobile phone numbers issued in Maharashtra.
They sent mass messages on these numbers supposed to be sent by MSEDCL asking people to pay their electricity bills and gave their own mobile phone number asking customers to call it. Those who called the number were asked to make payment on a fraudulent link allegedly from MSEDCL.
Two unsuspecting customers gave their debit card details on the scam link and Rs 65,648 was debited from their accounts. They complained to the MSEDCL after which an FIR was registered on January 20 this year. “On the same day, a cyber team was sent to Jharkhand and on January 29, we arrested the accused. In 2020, the accused was arrested in another cybercrime case by Faridabad Police in Delhi and was released on bail in August 2021,” said Rashmi Karandika, DCP, cyber.
“At least 26 MSEDCL customers were duped. We are trying to recover the money and find other defendants in the case,” added Inspector Suvarna Shinde.