A 23-year-old man accused a guest who came over to stay with him last month of allegedly shopping for Rs 13000, using his phone number, when the victim was not home.
The victim, Akash Kumar, is a resident of Bihar’s Munger and stays in a rented accommodation in Greater Noida reported the Times of India.
He shares his accommodation with two friends – Pramod Patel and Anand Patel, who also work with him in the same office.
Kumar said Anand’s uncle Sagar Patel had visited them last month. “Patel had come from Madhya Pradesh and stayed at our room for a few days. Our company does not allow mobile phones at the workplace. So, we have to keep them at home,” he said as quoted by the Times of India.
Kumar alleged that Sagar had seen him keeping the mobile phone and debit card in a bag in the room.
“My friends and I went for work while the guest stayed at home. There was no pattern lock on my phone and it was easy for him to open it. He used my debit card details and the OTP that was delivered to my number to make the transactions. But he took care to delete the messages from the bank,” he added.
According to Kumar, the transactions took place on March 13, 14 and 16 and Rs 13,300 was withdrawn from his account in total. He also said that the text messages were deleted because of which he did not suspect anything.
It was only when he opened his phone and found his normal SIM card cropped into a micro one, he sensed trouble. He then visited the bank and found out about the transactions.
Pankaj Rai, the SHO of Sector 58 police station, said that a case of cheating under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered in the matter.