Mumbai: A businessman in Mumbai’s Mahim allegedly lost Rs 1.86 crores following six missed calls on his phone from 11 PM on December 27 to 2 AM on December 28, 2018. The hackers had allegedly got a new SIM card in the businessman’s name, deactivated his old SIM card through the missed calls, reported Mumbai Mirror. The report added that the purpose was to hack into and steal money from the businessman’s 14 accounts across the country.Also Read - Mumbai Sees 28% Decline in New COVID Cases; Positivity Rate Drops to 7%
The businessman had six missed calls from two numbers on his mobile phone. One of the numbers had the United Kingdom dialling code +44. After the calls, the businessman realised that his SIM card could no longer be used when he tried dialling the numbers in the morning. The hackers had allegedly deactivated his number. Also Read - Fire At Mumbai High-Rise: Rescue Operation Underway, PM Modi Announces Compensation | Key Points
Upon inquiring with the mobile service provider, the victim was told that his SIM card became dysfunctional after a request was made in his name for a new SIM card. Apparently, the businessman had linked all the details of his company’s account to his mobile phone. Also Read - 5 Feet Long Snake Found in Bombay High Court Judge's Chamber, Rescued
The victim lodged an FIR in the matter. The BKC Cyber Crime Police Station has registered charges under the various sections of the Indian Penal Code such as sections 420 (cheating), 419 (impersonation) and 34 (criminal act done by several people in furtherance of common intention) and sections 43 (damage to computer system) and 66D (impersonation) of the Information Technology Act.