Bhubaneswar: The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Police has arrested one more accused in connection with the OTP Sharing Scam involving cyber criminals and Pakistani Intelligence Operatives.
Earlier three accused, Pathanisamant Lenka, Saroj Kumar Nayak, and Soumya Pattanaik, were arrested in this case on the charges of selling and sharing OTP with some criminals and anti-national elements.
According to the STF, accused Pradyumna Kumar Sahoo (32) of Mahitama village within Nuagaon police station limits in Nayagarh district was arrested on Wednesday. The arrested accused Pradyumna is a graduate and had earlier worked as territory sales executive in Idea and as Jio Point manager. Now he is working at Black Buck, FasTag Company.
STF arrested one more accused in OTP sharing case from Nayagadh. He had sold 500+ pre-activated SIMs and 150+ Paytm wallets to the main accused. These SIMs and wallets were used by cyber criminals and some PIO/ ISI agents based in karachi & Baluchistan.@odisha_police@CIDOdisha
— STF (@OdishapoliceStf) June 8, 2023
Accused Pradyumna had supplied/sold more than 500 pre-activated SIMs and 150+ pre-activated PayTM Wallets to accused Pathani Samanta Lenka who was arrested earlier in this case. These SIMs and Wallets were sold to various cyber criminals and Pakistani Intelligence Operatives, the STF said.
Some of the SIMs and wallets were used by PIOs/ ISI agents including some based/located inside Pakistan mainly from Karachi and Baluchistan. Further investigation in this regard is on, the STF added..
Further, the STF said to the have found that accused used to generate multiple SIMs on the same identity by fooling/tricking the unsuspecting customers/SIM buyers on the pretext of some technical issues/glitches.
It was also learnt that for activation of different wallets i.e. PhonePe, Google Pay and others, the Registered Mobile Phone Numbers (which is linked with the Bank Account) are mandatory but in case of Paytm wallet account, the customer once activated the same (T) OTP verification can also share the USER ID & Password to others (having different mobile number) for operating the said account.
STF will study/analyze this and if needed, will write to Paytm to change the settings, read a press note.