Cy­ber crim­i­nals’ new ruse: Pose as RBI of­fi­cials

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Vi­jay Ku­mar Ya­dav

MUM­BAI: Cy­ber crim­i­nals, who used to cheat peo­ple by pos­ing as bank ex­ec­u­tives have up­graded them­selves. They now claim to be se­nior of­fi­cials of the Re­serve Bank of In­dia (RBI) to gain their vic­tims’ im­plicit trust.

The in­ci­dents have seen a spike to the ex­tent that bank of­fi­cers and the po­lice have coined the term ‘vish­ing’ for this modu­soperandi. The BKC cy­ber po­lice sta­tion stum­bled upon a new pat­tern in vish­ing frauds on Fri­day when a 24-year-old em­ployee of a di­a­mond com­pany in BKC reg­is­ter­ing a com­plaint with them.

Vi­jayku­mar Prasad, a Charni Road res­i­dent, told the po­lice that he re­ceived a phone call on Wed­nes­day from a per­son who iden­ti­fied him­self as Aakash, a se­nior bank man­ager of the RBI’S branch in Chem­bur.

“The caller told the com­plainant, who has an in­ter­na­tional debit and shop­ping card of a na­tion­alised bank, that his debit card needed to be ver­i­fied and sought his card’s de­tails. While Prasad was ini­tially re­luc­tant to share the de­tails, he re­lented when the caller kept mak­ing re­peated calls and then threat­en­ing that his card will be blocked,” said an of­fi­cer from the BKC cy­ber po­lice sta­tion.

The com­plainant then not only shared his card num­ber but also sent him the text mes­sages with the PIN. He soon re­ceived a se­ries of mes­sages stat­ing that Rs26,000

has been deb­ited from his ac­count, an­other of­fi­cer said.

Prasad then con­fronted the caller about the unau­tho­rised trans­ac­tions and he was asked to not worry as the money will be cred­ited back to his ac­count within 12 hours. Af­ter he did not get the money back next day, he re­alised he has been cheated.

An of­fi­cer of the BKC po­lice sta­tion said the crime seems to

be hand­i­work of a gang that has been op­er­at­ing with­out cus­tom ers’ data. Ear­lier, the crim­i­nals used to steal data and then con vince the vic­tims they were call ing from the bank.

“We would ap­peal to peo­ple not to fall into the traps laid by fraud­sters pos­ing as bank or RBI of­fi­cials. No of­fi­cial from the RBI calls an in­di­vid­ual for ver­i­fi­ca­tion or lot­tery,” the of­fi­cer said.

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