‘Help­ful’ man cheats Juina­gar woman of `31K

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

The Nerul po­lice reg­is­tered a case on Fri­day af­ter a 36-year-old woman com­plained that she had lost Rs31,000, fall­ing prey to a debit card fraud­ster.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Sak­shi Sawant, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 25 in Juina­gar, went to with­draw money from an ATM kiosk near her house on April 28.

Af­ter with­draw­ing cash in the first trans­ac­tion, she opted for the sec­ond one. How­ever, she could not do so be­cause of a glitch in the sys­tem.

“An uniden­ti­fied man, who was wait­ing out­side, en­tered the kiosk and vol­un­teered to help her with­draw cash. He took her debit card and with­drew money for her,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Nerul po­lice sta­tion.

But the man kept the orig­i­nal card, and re­turned her a fake one that looked ex­actly like the orig­i­nal one

Sawant did not re­alise that and came home with the fake card.

She re­alised that she had been cheated only af­ter she re­ceived an alert af­ter some­time that Rs 31,000 had been deb­ited from her ac­count.

She called up bank of­fi­cials who con­firmed that the debit card she had with her was a fake one.

She then ap­proached the po­lice and reg­is­tered a first in­for­ma­tion re­port.

A case un­der sec­tion 420 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and 366a of the IT Act has been reg­is­tered against the ac­cused.

This has be­come a com­mon modus operandi to cheat peo­ple, said the po­lice.

The po­lice have been cre­at­ing aware­ness among res­i­dents to be alert of card fraud.

Last year, the to­tal num­ber of card fraud 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. The of­fi­cers said around 90% of these cases are vish­ing. Crim­i­nals call peo­ple pos­ing as bank of­fi­cials and ask for their credit or debit card de­tails.

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