Retired IPS loses Rs 1.76 lakh in cyber fraud in Mumbai, 1 arrested

A 72-year-old retired IPS officer in Mumbai lost nearly two lakhs rupees in an online fraud, police said on Friday.

The incident came to light when the retired Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) reported the incident to the police, adding that he lost Rs 1.76 lakh.

After receiving the complaint, a team from city’s Bandra police station launched a probe into the incident and arrested a SIM card dealer from Maharashtra’s Jalgaon.

During the investigation, the police team came to know that the accused, identified as Ajay Birhade, was in connivance with another accused of the case, who was at large at the time of writing this news.

Birhade ran a SIM card business in Jalgaon and ensured that all the SIM cards used in crime were activated in Rajasthan, the police team said.

During interrogation, Birhade confessed to being a part of a cyber-phishing gang, it added.

The accused has been booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information and Technology (IT) Act. He was produced before a competent authority, which granted his police remand.


Explaining the working style of the fraudsters, a senior cop of the Mumbai Police’s Cyber Wing said that a member of the team introduced himself as a friend of an ex-colleague of the retired IPS officer on the social media app Facebook.

During his interaction, he proposed a deal before the ex-cop to purchase a few of the household items that he listed on OLX, as he was transferred to another city, the cop said.

The retired policeman agreed to the proposal and transferred the amount to the accused’s account through the Google Pay app, he added.

“The accused would reach out to his victims via the Facebook Messenger app, he did the same thing with the senior citizen victim. The ID used for chatting was fake and bore the display image of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) (insignia). Claiming to be the victim’s friend, the accused said he was getting transferred and wanted to sell off some items that he listed on OLX. This aroused interest in the retired policeman who wished to buy off items at a discounted rate. The transaction was made via Google Pay. Three more accused are at large…,” the official said.

Published By:

Sudeep Lavania

Published On:

Mar 16, 2024

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