FIA arrests two suspects in financial scam

HYDERABAD – A team of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested two suspects allegedly involved in financial fraud in online shopping from Karachi on Thursday.

An official informed that the suspects Umair Asghar and Muhammad Waqas hailed from Punjab and that they had been booked for the cyber crimes. The officials said the accused persons used to call citizens through internet generated landline numbers which appeared like the helpline number of the banks (+2001111111425) and asked for bank account numbers and OTP codes received from the bank for verification purposes.

The accused subsequently purchased products through online shopping platforms using the stolen bank accounts of victims, he added. The official claimed that in the raid, conducted by Inspector Tariq Aziz Lashari, some 19 parcels of mobile phones with an estimated worth of over Rs1.7 million were recovered from their residences. Both Asghar and Waqas had been nominated in a FIR lodged under sections of 3, 4, 14 and 16 of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA).


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