Police on Friday registered seven cases of money being fraudulently withdrawn through ATM cards, after the victims shared details of their cards and accounts with an unknown caller claiming to be from their respective banks.
The unsuspecting victims even shared the passwords for their ATM (automated teller machine) cards and internet banking passwords.
Police sources told HT that the cyber-crime wing of Chandigarh police had registered more than 20 such cases in January alone, adding that fraudsters had withdrawn a total amount of Rs 8.5 lakh from various bank accounts.
Aleesha Rajwanshi, a resident of Sector 24 A, told the police that she received a cell phone alert from her bank saying Rs 39,000 had been withdrawn from her account, after one such call. She had not made the withdrawal. “The (fraud) call was made from an unknown number,” said another victim, Jai Parkash, a resident of Dhanas, whose Rs 45,000 were withdrawn.
There have been no arrests yet, but separate cases under Section 420 (cheating) of the IPC and Sections 66-C and 66-D of the IT Act had been registered.
Modus operandi of Invisible crime
Fraudsters, identifying themselves as bank officers, call up account holders and ask for ATM pin and password citing security reasons or maintenance of records. Online banking password is also gleaned.
Be wary, trust no one
Register your mobile number with the bank so that you get an SMS in case of any transaction from your account.
Never share your ATM with others or reveal your PIN number.
Contact your card provider if you suspect any ATM to have been tampered with. Call up the customer care and inform the security guard.
More tales of woe in January
Rajiv Dudreja resident of Sector 8-C, complained a total cash of Rs 20,000 was withdrawn from his Punjab National Bank (PNB) account in Sector 8.
Mohinder Lal of Kaimbala village claimed Rs 53,000 were withdrawn from PNB account in Sector 17.
Rohit, a resident of Sector 42, complained that unknown persons withdrew Rs 15,000 from his State Bank of Patiala account in Sector 22.
Vijay Kumar of Sector 19, alleged that a total of Rs 30,520 were withdrawn from his account in Bank of India, Sector 20.
Shushanta of Sector 19, alleged Rs 24,000 were withdrawn from her State Bank of Patiala account.