24-Year-Old Man Arrested in Patna for Duping Senior Citizen of Rs.1 Lakh
In a recent incident, the Bihar Police have apprehended a 24-year-old man from Patna for allegedly defrauding a senior citizen of Rs.1 lakh. The accused, identified as Sunil Kumar, hails from Jamui in Bihar and is said to have impersonated a police officer to deceive the elderly victim.
The arrest of Kumar comes after an investigation was initiated into a cyber cheating case filed by 72-year-old Bhram Singh, a resident of Delhi’s Shahdara. Singh lodged a complaint stating that on December 31 of the previous year, he had received a WhatsApp call from an unknown number. The caller, claiming to be a police officer, informed Singh that his nephew was in police custody and demanded money for his release. Fearing legal consequences, Singh transferred Rs.1 lakh to the bank account provided by the caller.
Upon realizing that he had been conned, Singh promptly filed a police complaint, leading to the registration of a case at the cyber police station in Shahdara district on January 8. The investigating team managed to trace the phone number used to contact Singh, as well as the bank accounts involved in the fraudulent transaction.
Further investigation led the police to Patna, where Kumar was located. A team was dispatched to apprehend him, resulting in his arrest. During the operation, two cell phones that were used in cyber crimes were seized from Kumar’s possession.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara), Surendra Choudhary, shed light on the modus operandi employed by the cyber criminals. He revealed that they targeted vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly, by threatening to implicate their loved ones or close relatives in false cases.
Kumar, who had previously operated a tea stall in Patna, is a Class 12 pass-out. He reportedly got involved in cyber crimes after coming into contact with individuals engaged in such activities. Utilizing a similar modus operandi, he began swindling people.
The arrest of Kumar serves as a reminder to remain vigilant when it comes to online transactions and to be cautious of fraudulent individuals posing as authorities. The Bihar Police will continue to crack down on cyber criminals and work towards ensuring the safety and security of citizens in the digital realm.