1,110 card fraud cases in two years, police advise residents to be alert
530 cases registered in the city last year, 580 cases in 2014
Even as senior officers of Navi Mumbai police claim that crime in the city is under control, the statistics of card fraud cases tell a different story.
As many as 1,110 people fell victims to card frauds in the city in the past two years. According to the crime branch officials, a total of 530 such cases were registered in the city last year as opposed to 580 cases registered in 2014.
The scenario is not better this year too. On an average, around 10 people approach the city cyber cell with similar complaints every day, said a senior police officer.
Pratibha Shendge, police inspector of Navi Mumbai cyber cell, said, “Despite repeated requests, people give their bank details to unknown people either on phone or through email. The criminals make duplicate credit and debit cards and use them for online shopping. Because of this ignorance, more and more people are falling prey to card frauds.”
She said people should not to give their account number, credit/ debit card number or any other details to anyone on phone or through emails.
“Bank officials never ask such details. If it is necessary to share such details, one should visit the bank and talk to officials,” she added.
People get calls from cybercriminals from Sri Lanka (country code +94) and Pakistan (country code + 92) informing them about lotteries they have won. This way they lure people into giving bank details on phone and withdraw money, the police said.
There is also another way of taking details of credit/debit card illegally.
“Cybercriminals put a hidden electronic device known as skimmer on the card slot of the unguarded ATM machines. When a person inserts his card on that slot, the skimmer records all the details stored in the card’s magnetic strip and based on that details the culprits make a duplicate card,” said a senior crime branch official.
“If the green light beside the ATM card slot does not keep blinking, one should never insert his or her card on that slot. If anyone installs a skimmer on the card slot of an ATM machine, the green light, which is located just beside the slot, never blinks. Therefore people should not use such machine at any point of time,” he said.
The police said that they have been conducting workshops to create awareness among the people.
“We are trying to reach out to college students, government as well as private employees through different seminars and meetings,” Shendge said.
Suresh Mengade, deputy commissioner of police (special branch) too has been advising people to curb such frauds.
“People should not give their credits card or debit cards to anyone to swipe when they are not around. The shop owners or hoteliers could use skimmer and take the secret details of their cards. People should get their cards swiped when they themselves are present on the spot,” said Mengade.