4 months, 361 card fraud cases in city

Cy­ber cell of­fi­cers say three peo­ple lose money from their bank ac­counts to cy­ber­crim­i­nals ev­ery day

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

We have held sev­eral aware­ness pro­grammes in form of meet­ings across the city and have asked peo­ple to not to give any bank or other per­sonal de­tails ei­ther on phone or mail. Peo­ple, how­ever, end up mak­ing the same mis­take and los­ing money from their bank ac­counts. PRATIBHA SHENDGE, in­spec­tor, cy­ber cell

The fig­ures are alar ming: as many as 361 peo­ple ap­proached the Navi Mum­bai cy­ber cell to re­port about cy­ber crimes in the first four months of the year.

Last year, the to­tal num­ber of such cases reg­is­tered was 530.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials from the cy­ber cell, three peo­ple lose money from their bank ac­counts to cy­ber fraud­sters ev­ery day. They add that cy­ber crim­i­nals tar­get res­i­dents and cheat them of huge amounts by us­ing their credit cards and debit cards.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cers from the cy­ber cell, around 90% of these cases are vish­ing. The crim­i­nals call peo­ple pos­ing as bank of­fi­cials and then ask for their credit or debit card de­tails.

If peo­ple end up sh a ring their card num­ber, PIN, ac­count num­ber or date of birth to such callers tak­ing them to be gen­uine bankers, they end up los­ing any­where be­tween Rs5,000 to Rs6 lakh from his or her ac­count within a few hours, they add.

In some cases, the vic­tims re­ceived calls from in­ter­na­tional num­bers.

“At times, cy­ber crim­i­nals also cre­ate bo­gus web­site of re­puted banks and then ask for de­tails from peo­ple send- ing them emails,” said Pratibha Shendge, in­spec­tor, cy­ber cell.

The po­lice said they are spread­ing aware­ness among res­i­dents.

“We have held sev­eral aware­ness pro­grammes in form of meet­ings across the city and have asked peo­ple to not to give any bank or other per­sonal de­tails ei­ther on phone or mail. Peo­ple, how­ever, end up mak­ing the same mis­take and los­ing money from their bank ac­counts on a reg­u­lar ba­sis,” said Shendge.

“Bank of­fi­cials will never ask for card de­tails on phone or on email. If it is nec­es­sary to share de­tails with the bank, you can visit the near­est bank branch,” she added.

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