Bengaluru cyber crime cops arrest 4-member gang for duping people online

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October 22, 2020

Bengaluru, Oct 22: A Rajsthan-based gang, which created duplicate social media accounts of public figures and government officials to dupe people by demanding money, was busted with the arrest of four people from Bharatpur in Rajasthan, police said on Thursday. The gang also used to create fake Aadhaar cards to obtain a large number of duplicate SIM cards by bypassing the verification process and siphoning off money, the police investigation revealed. While Ansar, Saddam, Balvinder Singh and Saini have been arrested, their accomplice Shakeel is at large, the police in Bengaluru said in a statement.

After monitoring their activities and following investigations, a police team of the Cyber Crime division of the Karnataka CID went to Bharatpur and arrested the four. Detailing their respective roles in the crime, police said Ansar used to upload fake Aadhaar cards and sent them for SIM activation. Balvinder Singh, a Airtel SIM distributor, used to activate SIM cards by bypassing the verification process and Saini used to create fake Aadhaar cards, police said, adding Saddam used to receive money.

Shakeel was creating fake social media profiles,the investigation revealed.

Police found that the gang collected photographs and information of public figures, government officials, including police officers, through social media accounts to create fake profiles.

In the guise of such profiles, they first sent 'friend requests' to those already on the officers friend list.

After the request was accepted, the gang induced the persons to transfer money to various e-wallets/payment bank accounts citing some urgent need and cheated them.

"The accused created fake Aadhaar cards by mixing up various photographs, addresses and Aadhaar numbers.

One of the accused persons being the retailer of SIM cards, used such fake Aadhaar details to apply for activation of thousands of fake SIM cards," police added.

The distributors too joined hands with the culprits and activated such SIM Cards bypassing verification.

After creating fake ID, the swindlers used to advertise on online re-selling platforms like Olx and Quikr to open e-wallets or payment bank accounts like PayTM, Airtel Money, Google Pay and PhonePe in order to commit various cyber and online financial crimes across the country.

The investigation revealed the misuse of Aadhaar to avail SIM cards.

"There is a serious flaw in the verification process followed by mobile service providers in issuing new mobile connections," the police said.

The investigation team seized documents from their possession showing how the culprits had created fake Aadhaar cards and activated SIM cards to cheat the public.

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November 19,2020

 

New Delhi, Nov 18: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday said that he held a discussion on Cabinet expansion in his home state with BJP president JP Nadda.

Yediyurappa met Nadda in New Delhi today.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Karnataka Chief Minister said, "A discussion was held on Cabinet expansion which will be cleared by him (JP Nadda) in the next two to three days. We have also discussed various issues including the development of the state."

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November 27,2020

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Mangaluru, Nov 27: Former MLC and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) spokesperson Ivan D'Souza said that free Covid-19 vaccines should be provided in Karnataka. Notably, during the Bihar Assembly elections, BJP had announced distribution of free coronavirus vaccines in the state.

He said that vaccines should be administered to all without any discrimination after administering it to coronavirus warriors first, before adding that the BJP-led state government should provide Rs 5 lakh compensation from the Chief Minister’s relief fund to BPL families who succumbed to Covid-19 infection.

"Dakshina Kannada has reported 705 Covid-19 fatalities, of which a majority of them hail from BPL. Already, the government has raised funds in the name of relief. It is not difficult for the government to pay compensation," he said.

He accused that the government of not making any preparations to tackle second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. "The government should conduct free Covid-19 tests in all the nine labs in the district," he said.

Dakshina Kannada district Congress Covid-19 Helpline (Arogya Hasta) and entrepreneur Vivekraj Poojary donated 10 pushcarts to the needy. The beneficiaries are Mohammed Aman, Varija K, Padmavathi Kamathara, Kiran Valencia, Yakub Adyar, Bhavanishankar Yeyadi, K Chandrika Kodikal, Mohammed Farooq, Renuka Panjimogaru and Nazima Arkula.

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November 22,2020

Madikeri, Nov 22: Karnataka Forest officials conducting an operation near RMC Yard, have seized a rare species star tortoise being illegally transported in a car from Bengaluru to Gonikoppa and arrested Four poachers in this connection.

Forest officials said on Sunday that the arrested have been identified as T Lakshman from Manchala village in Kurnool district and R Lakshminarayana from Mandalam in Andhra Pradesh, Telugara E Thimmappa from Sindhanur village near Mehboob Nagar, Telangana, and S Nagesh from Bengaluru.

The Star tortoise, an endangered creature, was being illegally transported from Andhra Pradesh to Southern Kodagu on Saturday evening. The car and the star tortoise have been seized.

The accused were produced before the Ponnampet Civil Court and have been remanded in judicial custody for 15 days.

Madikeri CID police forest unit Superintendent Suresh Babu led the raid.

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