2 held for stealing cash from banks

Accused used to call account holders, ask them for their account details along with OTPs

Two men have been arrested from West Bengal and Jharkhand for allegedly taking out money from bank accounts of several persons in the National Capital after obtaining the one time passwords or OTPs, officials said on Monday.

The accused used to initiate transactions, then call the victims and seek the OTPs sent to them by the banks and transfer the money to different e-wallets, they said. The accused have been identified as Binod Kumar Modi (26), a resident of Durgapur in West Bengal and Rikki Kumar (23), a resident of Dumka district in Jharkhand.

According to the police, on June 8, 2017, one Jagdish Chander filed a complaint at Kirti Nagar police station in which he stated that ₹2.42 lakh had been withdrawn from his bank account although no transaction was done by him. After investigation, it was revealed that the money was transferred to different e-wallets. When the verification of the addresses of the beneficiaries, who hailed from Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal were conducted, they were found to be fake, a senior police officer said.

During investigation, it was also revealed that a part of the cheated amount was transferred through PayTM, which was linked with an account belonging to Binod, who is based at Durgapur, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), Monika Bhardwaj, said.

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