FIA busts gang involved in stealing money from accounts

The Cybercrime Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday arrested seven persons of a gang alleged to be involved in depriving people of money here by using their personal data, ARY News reported.

The suspects would defraud people by offering them prize in lottery and lucky draw schemes to collect their data.

The FIA said the probe body recovered mobile phones, credit cards, bank transaction slips and audio recordings from them. “The accused also possessed forged documents of Saudi Arabian citizenship and a telecom company,” it added.

The alleged criminals include Jameel, Imran, Nadeem, Umar, Hassan, Muhammed Jumma and Sagheer. Cases have been filed against them under Cybercrime Act, the FIA said.

This should be noted that in September 2016, a petition had been filed with the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking ban on Cybercrime Act 2016.

“A state cannot constitute a law which is against basic human rights. The Cybercrime Act limits access to legal information which is a serious violation of freedom of speech. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is given unlimited powers under the Act,” the complainant had said.

He said FIA could trespass sanctity of privacy by availing mobile and computer data and arrest people on mere suspicion.

“The government will exercise this law against opponents for taking political revenge which will lead to anarchy in the country, hence common men will become insecure,” the petitioner said.

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