The accused identified as Puran Gupta, 33, was arrested from Ganesh Nagar on Monday after the southwest Delhi police received a complaint from a senior citizen in Greater Kailash that he was duped for Rs 1.46 lakh by a caller who posed as a representative of a private bank who tricked the old man to reveal the one-time password.
According to the police, Gupta is said to have sold this data to fake call centres and in turn, use it to call the victims and obtain their OTPs. Through Gupta's courtesy, the fake call centres used to have details of credit and debit card details but the OTP used to help to steal the money from the account.
A top police official said that the stolen money was immediately transferred to the e-wallets such as Paytm, PayU, Olacabs, Mobikwik and Vodafone Bill Pay and added that because of the quick approach of the victims, the police officials sent letters to some of these firms.
Delhi:Busted a module that sold sensitive info like bank a/c, credit&debit card details,Facebook & Whatsapp data of 1 cr ppl - R Baaniya,DCP pic.twitter.com/7LVfzj54RF— ANI (@ANI_news) April 14, 2017
He added that the action taken by the police had let the firms return almost Rs 72,000. Interestingly, Gupta was in sights of Delhi police when they arrested an owner of a fake call centre, Ashish Kumar Jha. During the interrogation, Jha revealed that it was Gupta who used to give them the bank details of credit and debit cards of the innocent people.
After Gupta's arrest, the police got all the information of all the victims through his laptop. He used to target women and senior citizens as his clients.