Jharkhand youth arrested by Kerala police for online fraud; accused owns luxury homes, coal mines

Ajithkumar Mandal

Irinjalakuda: Kerala Police booked a Jharkhand native in connection with an online fraud. 22-year-old accused Ajithkumar Mandal was arrested from Dhanbad with the support of Jharkhand police and cyber police team here.

The incident pertaining to the case happened on October 8, 2021. By informing that the SBI account has been blocked, the complainant received a message to update KYC details through a link. Without recognising the scam, the receiver uploaded bank account details to a fake website by clicking the link. Later, Rs 40,000 was lost through two transactions and the SBI customer lodged a complaint to rural district police chief Aiswarya Dongre.

Police informed that the accused had used over 50 SIM cards and 25 mobile phones to embezzle money through fraud. Police have been surveilling mobile phones, SIM cards, bank accounts, social media accounts, money wallets, and e-commerce accounts utilised by Ajithkumar Mandal for months. A detailed probe will be conducted to collect the details of all bank accounts operated by the accused. The investigating team revealed that the accused has been involved in online scams worth lakhs.

Police alleged that Ajithkumar Mandal owns 13 luxury houses, over 4 acres of land in Dhanbad and acres of coal mines in Jharkhand. More accused have to be arrested in the case, added police.

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