Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Youth uses dad’s bank a/c for job fraud

Mumbai: A 22-year-old youth, who misused his father’s bank account to operate a fake visa racket and dupe unsuspecting persons of Rs 4.5 lakh, was arrested by the Mumbai cyber crime cell on Monday.

The accused has been identified as Ibrahim Ismail Khan, a resident of Mumbra-Kausa in Thane district. Sources in the crime branch said the case came to light when Satish Anoop, a resident of Dadar who works in the pharmaceutical sector, registered a complaint with the cyber cell. Anoop was promised a job in the UK over a series of emails and he subsequently paid a total of Rs 4.5 lakh to secure visas for himself and his wife.

According to Anoop, he received the first email from Khan and his associates in December last year. “The email was sent from brown.heatlh@crystalpharmalab.com in December last year, informing Anoop about an opportunity to work in the United Kingdom,’’ said a crime branch official. The email stated, “We are pleased to offer you a job in Crystal Lab in England.’’ When Anoop sent his job profile, he received another email within a couple of days from the same address, informing him that he has been selected for the job. It asked him to submit details of his address, passport and all other information, including his wife’s profile, as it was a family offer. It further asked him to send the visa processing fees of Rs 1,13,000. Anoop deposited the said amount in Axis Bank’s Thane branch.

After a few days, he received another email from pawalace@ukvisaexpress.net and ministeryofjustice@british.com, asking him to deposit Rs 1,28,000 and Rs 1,12,000 in an account number of the ICICI Bank’s Thane branch.

Anoop did so, but didn’t receive any reply thereafter. Sensing something amiss, he approached the cyber crime cell. Investigations revealed that the said ICICI bank account belonged to Apna Medical Care and General Store. Further inquiries revealed that the account was run by Ibrahim Khan (55), who is a resident of Mumbra-Kausa. Khan claimed innocence and said one Asif helped him open this account a year ago. Now, the police suspect that Khan’s son and Asif were hand-in-glove in the crime. They are hunting for Asif

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