Kozhikode: One of those regular phone calls advising early linking of cellphone number to Aadhaar card has landed a youth in trouble, depriving him of Rs 1.30 lakh along with his valid phone number.
Saswat Gupta from Mumbai, who works at a private firm in Kozhikode, did not suspect any foul play when he got the call as he had been getting similar text messages from the service providers, Airtel, regularly. The caller asked him to SMS the number on the SIM card to 121, an Airtel service number. When he told the caller he doesn't know the number on the SIM card, the caller sent him a number.
Since Gupta did not suspect any trouble in dealing with 121, he readily provided the number, only to find his connection gone in minutes. In fact, that number is used for cancellation of the existing SIM card number when a duplicate SIM is obtained.
It is suspected that the fraudsters used the duplicate SIM card to hack Gupta's bank account. After his connection was lost, Gupta's salary account at ICICI bank was being drained of money at the rate of Rs 10,000 and 20,000. But the bank developed suspicion as withdrawals continued. They then called Gupta on his second number. His father answered the call, and told the bank that it was not his son who was transacting and that the SIM card was blocked.
Gupta told Manorama that he asked the bank to freeze the account, but money was lost again. The total loss was Rs1.30 lakh, he said.