Crook uses remote access app to steal card data in Maharashtra

Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 24-11-2022 | 07:55 am

Crook uses remote access app to steal card data in Maharashtra

PUNE: A telecaller hacked into the cellphone of an engineer (43) from Nigdi on November 20 by deploying a remote access app, stole the data of his two credit cards stored in a card payments app and later made online transactions of Rs3.64 lakh. All the victim was trying to do was to book a cab when he got a call from the hacker. Claiming to be representing a cab service provider, he asked the engineer to download an app. As the engineer followed the caller's instruction, he started getting OTPs and found that transactions of Rs3.64 lakh were made using his two credit cards. Realising that he was duped, he lodged a complaint with the Nigdi police. The fraudster accessed the OTPs on the remote access device, police said. An officer from the Nigdi police said the complainant was a senior engineer with a private company in Pimpri Chinchwad. "He was looking for a cab on November 20 because he wanted to go to Gujarat for some work. An unknown person called him and told him that he was from a cab aggregating company. The man requested him to download a mobile application to book a cab," the officer said. The officer said the engineer followed his instruction and downloaded the application. "The caller then contacted the engineer and kept him busy for about 15 minutes giving details of different cabs and the rates," he said. He said, "The engineer then saw eight messages about the OTPs sent to him. Soon after, he found that transactions of Rs3.64 lakh were made using those OTPs." The officer said prima it seemed that the caller sent the engineer a link for some remote access app in the name of some travel agency. "After the engineer from Nigdi downloaded that link, the caller got access to his cellphone and duped him using the details of his credit card," he said. He said the police had sought the details of the transactions from the complainant's banks. "Our probe is on," he said.

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