Sending fake messages from the WhatsApp number of Adar Poonawalla, fraudsters siphon off ₹1.1crore from Serum Institute of India using 10 bank accounts, report police

PUNE: The police have speeded up the probe into the cheating case of Serum Institute of India (SII) wherein ₹1.1 crore was siphoned off from the company’s accounts. It has come to light that 10 bank accounts were used for cheating and the police have frozen ₹30 lakh in these accounts. the bank accounts in Assam, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh were used and money was withdrawn from different ATMs in Bihar, said Senior PI Dagdu Hake while speaking to

Fake messages were sent from the WhatsApp number of Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer, SII  asking officials to deposit ₹1.1 crore in different bank accounts. 

An FIR for the same has been registered at the Bund Garden Police Station. A complaint was lodged by 

Finance Manager Sagar Shashikant Kittur (44), a resident of Natasha Enclave, NIBM Road, Kondhwa. Apparently, Satish Deshpande, Director, SII, had received messages from Poonawalla’s WhatsApp number and money was sent to different bank accounts. 

There is a possibility that the number of Adar Poonawalla may have been cloned. The cyber fraudsters have used 10 different bank accounts. The money was initially sent to these 10 accounts and further, it went to five accounts. 

PSI Anil Dafal reported that the information about the fake SIM card and the mobile is being collected.

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