Padubidri: Fraudulent money transfer uncovered, Police investigation underway


Team Udayavani, Feb 20, 2024, 9:17 AM IST

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Padubidri: The Padubidri police have uncovered Varun Karkera’s identity was misused in a WhatsApp call made from Uttar Pradesh to orchestrate fraudulent money transfers originating from the Canara Bank branch in Hejamadi. A whopping Rs 27.99 lakhs was transferred to various fake accounts.

Station Officer Prasanna M.S. has urged the public to remain vigilant against such cybercrimes and promptly report any suspicious activity to the authorities by dialing 1930.

The investigation has revealed that an anonymous caller, posing as Varun Karkera, orchestrated the illicit transfer of funds to three different accounts. The perpetrator employed counterfeit letterheads, seals, signatures, and account numbers associated with the Ghatke Karkera Power Industry to execute the fraudulent transactions.

Upon discovery, manager of Ghatke Karkera intervened by contacting the bank branch to inquire about the unauthorized transfers, leading to the termination of one transaction while two others were successfully processed.

In response to the incident, measures have been taken to freeze the implicated accounts and identify the individuals behind the scheme. One of the account holders, Harpal Singh, possesses an account with Canara Bank. Police have requested comprehensive information from the Canara Bank Hejamadi  branch regarding these accounts.

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