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Bank accounts in Dimapur opened and sold to conmen

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/6/2019 11:29:16 AM IST

Many bank accounts opened in Dimapur have been found to be used as conduits for siphoning off money from unsuspecting victims and investigation revealed that most of the account holders are local women from Dimapur who have been lured by conmen operating mostly from New Delhi.

The matter came to light after scores of victims reported that they were duped into depositing huge sums of money into these accounts and which were found to have been opened in Dimapur.

 This was revealed to Nagaland Post by Bank of Baroda Bank Nyamo Lotha Road branch chief manager Nancy Zarzohlu.

The housewives used to be approached by the glib talking conmen mainly from north India to open bank accounts and then “sell them” on payment of Rs.15,000 deposited in their accounts. 

 After the Personal Identify Number (PIN) was generated through the registered mobile number provided in the bank application form, the conmen then destroyed the SIM card. Nancy said that there was a strong suspicion that these mobile numbers were given at the behest of the touts.

She revealed that the conmen employed telecallers to ensnare unsuspecting victims to deposit huge amounts in these accounts on promises of attractive schemes including commission for job placements. When FIRs were registered by victims from different parts of India, upon further investigation, it was found that many of the accounts belonged to housewives in Dimapur.

When this reporter rummaged through police FIR files at Bank of Baroda, it was observed that over 80% of fraud accounts were that of local housewives and the amount deposited in all accounts was Rs 15,000 each.

The chief manager BoB also showed this reporter account activity of the fraud accounts, which showed that once a deal was stuck with a “prospective customer”, the conmen operating from New Deldhi, constantly checked the account balance and on when money is deposited, it was immediately withdrawn. If the fraud was reported to the bank, it used to be immediately frozen. 

The CM of BoB also said such cases were reported in the past but that from 2017 till 2019, there was a spike. She said five such cases on an average were reported at Bank of Baroda Nyamo Lotha Road branch every month. She said there were 34 banks in Dimapur and they also dealt with such cases regularly.

 Nancy also advised customers to approach the bank in case they were suspicious of any financial dealing/offer and to remain vigilant when glib talking operators approached them with tempting cash bonanzas. 

Another bank official also cautioned public against falling prey to highly intelligent frauds operating accounts in FaceBook. Many have been duped with offers of marriage or promises of huge sum of money.

 

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