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Elderly Doctor Duped of 3.7 Crore by Cybercriminals Posing as CBI Officers

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In a distressing incident in Ranebennur, Haveri district, cybercriminals impersonating CBI officers swindled an 83-year-old doctor, Dr. Bhimasen Karjagi, of Rs 3.7 crore. According to SR Ganachari, the circle police inspector of the Cybercrime, Economic Offences, Narcotics (CEN) police station, Dr. Karjagi, a senior consultant at Sanjeevini Nursing Home, received a call on April 11, 2024, from an individual claiming to be Dikshit Gadad, an inspector from the CBI in Mumbai.

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Deceptive Scheme Unfolds

The caller alleged that the CBI had filed a case against Naresh Goyel for bank fraud and money laundering, claiming that Goyel had transferred funds to Dr. Bhimasen’s Canara Bank account and subsequently withdrawn them. Under the guise of verifying bank transactions, the fraudster coerced Dr. Bhimasen into transferring money to ten different accounts held by the fraudsters across various banks through RTGS until May 17.

Police Inquiry and Ongoing Investigation

Upon realizing the deception, Dr. Bhimasen approached the authorities, prompting an investigation by the police. SR Ganachari expressed concern over the growing trend of online fraud despite warnings from the Cyber Economic and Narcotics Crime Police. He emphasized the importance of reporting suspicious phone calls to prevent further financial losses.

The investigation is ongoing, with authorities seeking the assistance of technical experts to unravel the intricate web of cybercrime and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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