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

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.

This just happened to me. INSANE. Some idiot used my Pan to take a 2000 RS loan and FCK’d my CIBIL score and @IVLSecurities did nothing to help sort. HOW DOES INDIA BULLS ALLOW THIS @ibhomeloans @CIBIL_Official

— sunnyleone (@SunnyLeone) February 17, 2022

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.

ThePrint reached Dhani’s communication executive, Prakhar Khandelwal, on email to enquire 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. The story will be updated when their response is received.

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”.

A Dhani spokesperson had also told CNBC-TV18 earlier this month that it is “Rectifying complainants records in the credit bureaus immediately in case of identity theft”.