New Delhi: A businessman allegedly lost Rs 60,000 from his bank account, after he clicked on a link sent by a fraudster, stated a report. The alleged fraudster had forwarded the link in the guise of an income tax department official. When 52-year-old Harish Chander clicked the link, an app was automatically installed on his phone which also reportedly hacked his phone.

An FIR on the matter was filed at Sector 10 police station under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code on Wednesday. The fraud allegedly occurred in the month of September 2018, said Mohammad Azad, the assistant sub-inspector in charge of the case.

On September 10 the victim found Rs 60,000 deducted from his bank account in two separate online transactions. Three days before the incident, Chander received an income tax return alert on his mobile phone. A report by Times of India quoted Chander as saying, “The OTP that I received on my phone number around 2.30 am, was automatically sent to another number.”

Meanwhile, the Assistant Sub-inspector reportedly said that the number was tracked and it is found to be registered in Pune. Raj Singh Nehra, Director of International College for Security Studies in Delhi warned mobile phone users to be wary of such links.

In yet another case of SIM card swap fraud in January, a city-based textile merchant lost at least Rs 1.86 crore, which was illegally transferred from his account by unidentified persons to various bank accounts across the country. The incident came to light when the victim, who hails from Mahim in Central Mumbai, approached the BKC Cyber Police Station with a complaint, an official said.

Similarly, in November 2018, the Himachal Pradesh police arrested an accused in an Rs 40-lakh online fraud case registered at Shillai Police Station. A special investigation team (SIT) of Sirmaur police arrested one more accused in the case named Satyajit Majumdar, from Kolkata, said Sirmaur Superintendent of Police Rohit Malpani.

(With Agency inputs)