Frauds use int’l phone num­bers, re­main un­trace­able

PO­LICE ALERT RES­I­DENTS Peo­ple eas­ily fall into the ‘ the lot­tery’ trap and part with their bank de­tails and some­times money

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

If you get a call from an un­known in­ter­na­tional phone num­ber, think twice be­fore you an­swer the call.

Cy­ber­crim­i­nals have got busy cheat­ing res­i­dents us­ing in­ter­na­tional phone num­bers. They in­tro­duce them­selves as bank of­fi­cials and then ask for de­tails like PIN, card num­ber, ac­count num­ber, date of birth of the prospec­tive vic­tims on var­i­ous pre­texts.

Some of them also call peo­ple to in­form about ‘the lot­tery’ they have won and take their bank de­tails.

They route their calls through Pak­istan, Sri Lanka and some African coun­tries, the po­lice said.

“We have re­ceived sev­eral cases in the past few months, wherein the vic­tims re­ceived calls from Pak­istani, Lankan and Nige­rian phone num­bers. Some t hem even re­ceived calls from SIM cards is­sued f rom t he UK. T he c al l ers speak Hindi and English and in­form peo­ple that they have won a lot­tery. Af­ter that they ask the vic­tim to de­posit some money to the given ac­counts to get their names reg­is­tered,” said Prat­i­bha Shendge, po­lice in­spec­tor from Navi Mum­bai cy­ber cell.

“Some call­ers i ntro­duce them­selves as Re­serve Bank of I ndia of f i cials and ask f rom their credit card and debit de­tails. Peo­ple, who are giv­ing their se­cret de­tails to such fraud­sters, they are los­ing money from their bank ac­counts for sure,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers, there are two rea­sons be­hind us­ing in­ter na­tional num­bers.

First, it is easy to con­vince peo­ple. Se­cond, the po­lice won’t be able to trace them as they are rout­ing their calls through some for­eign coun­tries.

Sources from Navi Mum­bai cy­ber cell s aid t hey have re­ceived nearly 1,700 com­plaints of on­line cheat­ing and il­le­gal trans­ac­tions in 2014 and 2015.

Suresh Men­gade, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( spe­cial branch), said, “We ap­peal to the res­i­dents not to en­ter­tain such calls. Peo­ple should not give any de­tail of to any­one on phone or through emails.”

“The cy­ber thieves also send e-mails to peo­ple from var­i­ous bo­gus sites that look like orig­i­nal sites of the re­puted banks. If some­one gives de­tails re­ply­ing such e- mails, he will lose money from his ac­count,” he added.

“As the vic­tims lose money be­cause of t heir own mis­take, their banks also do not en­ter­tain their com­plaints. There­fore aware­ness is the only preven­tion of such crimes,” Shendge said.

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