Hyderabad|India: The Panjagutta Police arrested a
notorious gang of fraudsters wherein 11 members whose modus operandi
includes obtaining a duplicate SIM card of a victim and thereby swindling
their funds through online banking. This gang had committed the fraud in
Kolkata, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Bangalore, Vizag etc., is wanted by their
Such kinds of frauds are called “phishing”. Phishing is fraudulently
obtaining information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details by
masquerading as a trustworthy entity. Phishing is typically carried out by
e-mail spoofing wherein people are lured to enter details at a fake
website whose look and feel is identical one.
In this current case, a Nigerian is found to be the king pin and is
operating through his Indian agent located in Kolkata, Mumbai, Vizag etc.,
Sri Anil Sikka, a doctor and resident of Banjara Hills, Hyderabad having
bank account with the SBI, Dwarakapuri colony, complained on 02.06.2012
that from his bank account Rs. 5.00 lakhs of money was siphoned away.
Accordingly, a case was registered at P.S. Panjagutta and team of police
officers began a thorough investigation. The DCP-WZ, formed a special team
consisting of ACP Panjagutta, Inspector of Police Sri Tirupathi Rao,
Panjagutta P.S, Sri. Koteshwar Rao, Addl. Inspector, Sri K.Sathaiah, DI,
Panjagutta, Sri K. Nageshwsar Rao, DSI Jubilee Hills P.S. Sri
M.S.V.Kishore DSI, of S.R. Nagar P.S. and PC 6089 Sri Vasanth Kumar, PC
9433 Sri Satyanarayana of Panjagutta P.S.
The team systematically studied the call details and bank account
particulars of Anil Sikka and found that he was subject to a phising
attack wherein his SIM was blocked and deactivated. The team carefully
followed this lead and soon detected that another user had blocked the SIM
in Vizag and obtained a duplicate SIM faking the ID proof of Anil Sikka.
The team reached a dead end at this point for considerable time.
Meanwhile, Anil Sikka’s account showed that the money of Rs. 5 Lakhs had
been transferred electronically into the account of accused by name Kushal
Chattarjee having bank account with the ICICI Bank, MVP colony, Vizag. The
team zeroed in on Kushal Chattarjee and managed to get his true identity.
Finally, on 1.7.2012 at about 03.00 pm the team, apprehended all the (10)
accused in Kanakadurga lodge at Panjagutta and interrogated the
accused.They confessed that they were operating a gang under the aegis of
a Nigerian, byname Tony in Nigeria, who phishes the bank accounts. His key
agent in India is another Nigerian by name Sunny Uce Uzoma @ Shedrick,
operating from Bangalore and in turn has agents working for him in vizag,
Kolkata, Mumbai, etc who blocked the SIMs of the potential bank account
holders for few hours by applying for a new SIM and then obtaining active
new SIM. As soon as the amount was swindled out, SMS is sent to the
duplicate SIM card of the accused.
Then the amount was withdrawn by and transferred to Sunny Uce Uzoma. Thus,
these offenders operate in the way that they first identify a potential
victim with a fat bank account with an option of tele-banking and then
they know the phone number of the victim and then they block the SIM for a
brief period. During the blocked time, they send an SMS instructing the
banker to send money from the account of the victim to another target
account. Then, they draw money out of it. Going to the specifics of the
facts revealed during the investigation so far, it is revealed that Sunny
Uce Uzoma and his gang, so far obtained twenty-five to thirty duplicate
SIM cards and siphoned off the money to a tune of Rs. 1 to 1.5 crores.
They have cheated the people all over India and finally caught by
Hyderabad city police.
Police recovered ATM Cards (22), Gold (3 ˝) tulas cash of Rs. 1,10,000/-,
Passport of Uzoma, duplicate SIMs (9), Lap Tops (2), Cell Phones (15) and
other items from the accused. Further, the police, in this case, noticed
casual and negligent attitude of the cell phone service providers, who
gave away the SIM cards in duplicate without proper verification.
In the instant case the Police arrested an employee of cell phone service
provider Mr. Venkateshwara Rao for criminal negligence and abetment of the
The C.P Hyderabad, Sri. Anuragh Sharma IPS, appreciated the team and
announced suitable rewards in the form of commendations to all the team
members to their good work.