Don’t share card de­tails: Po­lice warn pub­lic

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­

THANE: Satish, an IT pro­fes­sional, was elated when he was in­ti­mated that he had won a Rs5-lakh lot­tery. The caller from Satish’s bank, or so he thought, asked him to share his credit card de­tails to claim the lot­tery money.

He got sus­pi­cious and called im­poster’s bluff by ask­ing prob­ing ques­tions. Fright­ened, the im­poster dis­con­nected the call. Though Satish had a close shave, other people, who fell prey to such lur­ing calls, were not as lucky.

The Thane cy­ber cell is alarmed over the ris­ing num­ber of debit and credit card im­per­son­ation cases.

This year till April, the po­lice have reg­is­tered 505 such cases com­pared to 1,497 in 2015.

The modus operandi fol­lowed by the fraud­sters is sim­i­lar. First, they zero in on a po­ten­tial prey and per­suade him/her to re­veal card de­tails.

They con­tact their tar­gets on email and phone and prom­ise them prize money.

An­other pre­text used to fool people is re­lated to bank cus­tomer care.

The phone calls are mostly on week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days when banks are closed.

It’s not only lay­men who have been cheated of their cash but ad­vo­cates, doc­tors, engi­neers and man­agers too have been conned.

The ever-grow­ing tech­nol­ogy with its neg­a­tive points (phish­ing and hack­ing) has added to the mus­cle of on­line pi­rates who are al­ways on the prowl to source bank data.

“We have con­ducted aware­ness pro­grammes about dif­fer­ent tech­niques em­ployed by fraud­sters to fool vic­tims, but many people have been fooled,” a po­lice in­spec­tor from Thane com­mis­sion­er­ate, cy­ber cell de­part­ment, said.

“We are keep­ing an eye on the on­line trans­ac­tion. Vic­tims never try to check the back­ground of the caller and it is when they fall prey and lose all money. Cit­i­zens should also keep a close watch on their ac­counts,” said Jagdish Sawant, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from Thane cy­ber cell.

He added that people should un­der­take reg­u­lar bank vis­its and seek to aquire reg­u­lar up­dates about their bank ac­count s as this will help them to keep ac­cused call­ers at bay.

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