๐Ÿ“ฑ Driver robs elderly woman

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A Mandya driver has been arrested for stealing โ‚น3.45 lakh from an elderly woman after swapping her SIM and siphoning money from her bank account.

Story so far: Working for a private company providing on-demand driver services, 31-year-old Prakash GB has been held for stealing over โ‚น3 lakhs through UPI transactions. The victim, Vimala S Itagi, hired Prakash to travel to a relativeโ€™s house on May 8. She asked him to stop at a restaurant on the way and left her mobile phone in the car while she was away. The driver then allegedly replaced her SIM card with a deactivated one.

  • While he didn’t have a phone, Prakash would put his SIM in a family memberโ€™s phone to make calls. He then realised that digital payments could be made if a SIM card was linked to a bank account using one-time passwords (OTPs).
  • He used an application to transfer money into his account, eventually making UPI transfers worth over โ‚น3 lakhs.

Action taken: The police have seized โ‚น1.3 lakhs from Prakashโ€™s bank account in addition to a scooter and mobile phone that he allegedly bought with the stolen money. Two other mobile phones and three SIM cards were also taken from him. 

  • The police advised the public to avoid leaving phones unattended. If a phone goes missing, one must contact their banks immediately to block the linked accounts and get a new SIM card as soon as possible.

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