HDFC Bank has suspended three of its employees due to some suspicious unauthorized transactions detected by its systems.
HDFC bank, in a statement, said: “Our systems have detected unauthorized and suspicious attempts to transact on certain accounts. Based on the system alerts, we have reported the matter to law enforcement for further investigation. further and necessary investigation, and have filed an FIR. “
The bank said on the basis of the FIR that Delhi police arrested some suspects, including bank staff.
“We have suspended the bank staff pending the outcome of the investigation. The bank fully supports law enforcement in the investigation. At HDFC Bank, there is no tolerance for any misconduct. , financial or otherwise, “he added.
The Delhi Police Special Cell Cybercrime Unit arrested 12 people in connection with the case, including three HDFC bank employees.
A police statement read: “CyPAD, Special Cell’s cybercrime unit has dismantled a racket of fraudsters involved in unauthorized attempts and hacking through online banking and withdrawal attempts using the fraudulently obtained checkbook from a high-value NRI client of HDFC bank. They also obtained an Indian mobile phone number identical to the US mobile number of the account holder registered in KYC. 12 people, including 3 employees of HDFC bank, have been arrested.
Police said the bank filed a complaint with the Cybercrime Unit alleging that numerous unauthorized internet banking attempts were spotted on an NRI bank account.
Additionally, there have been attempts to withdraw money from the same account using the fraudulently obtained checkbook.
âAttempts have also been made to get the mobile phone number updated in KYC of the same bank account by replacing the already registered US mobile number with a similar / identical Indian mobile number. of the account, “said the police statement.
In a conversation with CNBC-TV18; KPS Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police; said all of those 66 attempts were foiled and no money could actually be taken out of the bank.
According to the Delhi Police investigation, the mastermind behind the hack attempt knew the NRI account was dormant with “huge funds”. He and his associates gathered information regarding the account. With the help of an employee, they acquired a checkbook for the said account and also lifted the freeze on the debts on the account.
The investigation revealed that the HDFC bank employee was promised Rs 10 lakhs and an insurance company of Rs 15 lakhs (which had been assigned to him by the bank for valuation) in exchange for his aid.
“All these withdrawal attempts, unauthorized connection attempts to Internet banking services, updating the cell phone number were only possible thanks to the connivance of bank employees. Other searches are in progress. course and an investigation is underway, “said the police statement.
First publication: STI