A man, who was trying to transfer Rs. 90,000 to his e-wallet using cryptocurrency, lost Rs. 9.8 lakh after he fell for a wrong helpline number and shared his credentials to resolve the problem.
Suresh K, 38, a resident of Palace Guttahalli has filed a complaint with the Central CEN police station last week. Police said that the incident took place last month and he has approached them only now. Suresh told the police that on February 22, he was trying to send Rs. 90,000 from his bank account to his wallet on a crypto trading platform when the incident took place. Police said that the money was not getting transferred to his wallet and he shared this information on a Telegram group where others too were facing a similar issue.
“I was about to contact the helpdesk to sort the issue out. Many people on Telegram were also discussing this issue when I received an email stating that I need to communicate with them through Telegram to sort the issue. Following which the unknown person who claimed to be from the helpdesk, took the OTPs and transferred Rs. 9,85,000 from my wallet to theirs.”
A senior officer said the accused who learnt about the issue, got in touch with him through Telegram from an unknown account claiming to be from the helpdesk. “Under the pretext of solving the issue, he took all the credentials from him and transferred the money from his bank account to his wallet and transferred the Bitcoin worth Rs. 9,85,000 to another wallet. We have sent a notice to the crypto trading platform requesting them to share the details of the transaction for the investigation,” the officer said.
Central CEN police have registered a case and are investigating.