Cyber crime: 1,800 pensioners in Delhi duped by gang of techies, four held | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: A stock market analyst, a web developer, and two MBA graduates have been arrested for allegedly duping over 1,800 pensioners in Delhi and other parts of the country by making a website similar to a government portal, police said on Wednesday.
The website asked them to verify their identity and give a “proof of life” in order to continue the pension. The gang charged a convenience fee from the users in return for a ‘Jeevan Praman Patra’.
In reality, the treasury and bank remained unaware and their pension was discontinued.
A laptop, 10 mobile phones, SIM cards, and ATM cards have been recovered from the four men — Khosa from Greater Noida, Kanav Kapoor from Noida, and Binoy Sarkar and Shankar Mondal from Hyderabad. While Khosa earlier worked with stock trading firms, Kapoor was an expert at building websites. Sarkar and Mondal rented their accounts to the accused for receiving the money siphoned off from the pensioners.
“Jeevan Pramaan is a biometric-enabled digital service for one crore pensioners by the central and state governments. One of the major requisites for the pensioners, post their retirement from service, is to provide life certificate to the authorised agencies like banks, post offices, etc, following which their pension is credited to their account,” an official said.
In order to get this life certificate, the individual drawing the pension is required to either personally present oneself before the pension disbursing agency or get the life certificate issued by the authority where they have served earlier.
“To address this problem of pensioners, the government has provided an official portal https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in to generate online life certificates. The accused made a website in name of https://jeevanpraman.online. The majority of the content was copied from the actual government portal and they were accepting payments through this fake website from the customers for the Jeevan Pramaan services,” DCP (cyber cell) Prashant Gautam said.
The cyber cell opened an investigation after receiving a complaint from the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and it was found that the accused charged Rs 199 from each applicant. The transactions were analysed and IP addresses tracked, leading to the arrest of the four men.

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