Noida, July 8
A lucrative offer to redeem points for cash on a credit card has cost a Noida resident dearly as he lost over Rs 4.5 lakh to cyber criminals who tricked him into posing as representatives bank, according to the police.
Two of the suspects, Gurmeet Singh and Surendra Singh – both Delhi residents – were arrested by the Noida Cyber Cell on Thursday while two of their partners have been identified but are at large, police said.
The arrests were made after an FIR was filed by Vishal Chaudhary at the Phase 2 police station in which he alleged fraud of Rs 4.53 lakh with him.
“The complainant informed the police that he had received a call from a person who identified himself as an official of his bank. The caller then told her about an offer to redeem points on her credit card purchases and spending,” a police spokesperson said.
“The caller then directed Chaudhary to a hoax website and asked for his credit card details including confidential information, after which more than Rs 4.5 lakh was transferred from the complainant’s account,” said the spokesperson said, citing the complaint.
The accused told police he started a hoax website, listing lucrative schemes to redeem points on credit card purchases. They called people posing as bank officials to trick the gullible, the official said.
An FIR has been filed under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (cheating) and under the provisions of the Information Technology Act, police said.
Meanwhile, police have urged the general public to exercise caution when conducting online transactions and activities.
Upon seeing cyber fraud, people can immediately report the problem to the dedicated helpline number 1930 or 112, they said.