Bank customer duped of Rs one lakh through fake e-mail

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Nagpur, June 29 (UNI) A person from Mumbai has been arrested for allegedly duping a customer of a private bank of Rs one lakh by sending a fake e-mail, seeking details about the account, police said today.

Khurshid Alam Sheikh Mehboob (32), a resident of Kurla, was nabbed here yesterday.

Venkatraman Reddy, a retired person who has an account with a local branch of ICICI Bank, received an e-mail, purportedly from the bank, asking him to 'update' the account information, police said.

Believing the communication to be genuine, Reddy submitted the information, including the password, on the Website indicated, they said.

However, some weeks later, Reddy discovered to his horror that Rs one lakh had been transferred from his account into another, and lodged a compliant, police said. Investigations revealed that the money had gone into an account in Khurshid's name in a branch of the bank in Mumbai.

Police suspect the involvement of another person in the swindle, and have taken Khurshid to Mumbai for further investigations.

However, Khurshid has claimed that he has nothing to do with the fraud and that a friend was operating the account for his own financial transactions.

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