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Actor Sunny Leone claims identity theft, PAN details allegedly used for fintech loan fraud

Leone tweeted Rs 2000 loan was taken against her identity & tagged Indiabulls Securities Ltd (now Dhani Stocks Ltd) & Indiabulls Home Loans. Actor latest to have claimed fraud on Dhani.

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New Delhi: Actor Sunny Leone has claimed to be the latest target of identity theft in a series of alleged loan frauds on the fintech platform Dhani Stocks Limited, reported on social media this month.

On Thursday, Leone tweeted, “This just happened to me. INSANE. Some idiot used my Pan to take a 2000 RS loan and FCK’d my CIBIL score (SIC)”, referring to her credit score.

The Bollywood actor also tagged Indiabulls Securities Limited (Dhani Stocks was earlier Indiabulls Securities), and Indiabulls Home Loans in her tweet, alleging that the company had done “nothing” to help solve the matter.

The Indiabulls Group still owns Dhani, which provides services like offering credit to purchase essentials like groceries, stock brokerage, and a credit card with credit limit of Rs 5 lakh. Dhani also has an ecommerce store with products ranging from medicine to stationery.

In an email statement to ThePrint Dhani claimed measures had been taken “immediately” to mitigate impact of the scammers, which included talking to all complainants to establish if they had indeed been victims of identity theft and then rectifying their records in the credit bureaus, using a security platform called G-defence to prevent further identity theft and expanding the customer service team and starting a special menu on the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) of its customer service helpline to help complainants.

The company did not, however, answer ThePrints questions on whether a glitch in the system at Dhani was resulting in loans being approved even when the PAN appeared to have been inaccurate and whether Leone’s claim about her identity being used to get a Dhani loan was correct.

Leone not lone victim

Leone is not the only target of alleged identity theft and loan fraud happening on Dhani services. Several Twitter users in India have this month complained that their identity details were used without consent to avail loans on Dhani.

Screenshots shared with one of the tweets indicate, however, that the alleged frauds date back to at least November last year.

“Shocking revelation in my credit report. A loan disbursed by IVL Finance (Indiabulls) @dhanicares with my PAN number & name, addresses in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. I have no clue”, tweeted a Reuters journalist @adityakalra

Another user, @1kushagra1, had tweeted, “Somehow someone has availed a loan fraudulently on my name. My details are not matching. It has been a month and I am getting blank emails as replies from Dhani.”

Communications consultant, @beastoftraal, also tweeted, “My ‘ghost’ loan is still visible. I’m most definitely taking Dhani to the cleaners even if they clear just my issue”.

Dhani has been responding via its Twitter account to users who have tagged the company complaining of identity theft and loan fraud.

The company, in its statement to ThePrint, also added that Dhani had disbursed “small transaction finance loans” to over 35 lakh people in the past year and “99.9%” of those loans went to “genuine people”. “We will leave no stone unturned to mitigate any possibility of identity theft on our Fintech platform,” the statement added.

(Edited by Poulomi Banerjee)

(This article has been updated to include a statement from Dhani.)

Also read: 5 years, 28 banks, Rs 23,000 cr debt — how ABG Shipyard pulled off ‘India’s biggest bank fraud’


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