A sales executive from Delhi’s crowded Laxmi Nagar area, who earned Rs 25,000 per month, was shocked to know that his name was listed as “director” in 13 firms and transactions of over Rs 20 crore were made in his name.
Twenty-year-old Anuj Kumar Srivastav, who owns a WagonR car and lives in a rented apartment, claimed that his pan card details were stolen and fake financial transactions were carried out with the stolen data.
According to The Indian Express, Anuj came to know about the data theft when Income Tax Department sent him a notice earlier this year. Initially, he didn’t take the notice seriously and thought it was sent to him mistakenly.
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When he was charged with “heavy amount” on his tax, he tried to approach the investigating agencies. Then only he came to know that he was made the director of 13 companies and fake transactions of more than 20 crore were made in his name.
"I got a call from an IT official who informed me that the transaction was carried forward from Janakpuri branch of a national bank. The payment was made allegedly in lieu of import of software where I was made as a proprietor of Maxkart Impex Company,” the English daily quoted Srivastav as saying.
Srivastav had also filed a police complaint but no action was taken. However, on July 31, a Delhi court ordered the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police to investigate the matter and file a detailed report by September 1.
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The 27-year-old victim of data breach said that he was denied a personal loan of 5 lakh by the banks after examining his IT documents. He, however, now hopes that IT department will correct the error and he will be out of the economic mess.