A village astrologer was duped of Rs 13,000 after a caller told him that his PIN (personal identification number) had expired. The victim, Vijay Kumar, readily shared his ATM details with the miscreant. Later, the miscreant withdrew money from his account.
On January 15, the victim who is a resident of Basan village of Udhampur district, received a call from an unknown man, who claimed that he was calling from the Punjab National Bank in Udhampur.
After figuring out that he had been fooled, Kumar tried to get his complaint registered by police, however, his requests were turned down repeatedly. The police finally accepted his complaint and assured him that it would be forwarded to the crime branch, Jammu. When contacted, the local police said that we have forwarded the complaint to the SSP crime branch, Jammu, who looks after the cyber crime cases.
Mubassir Latif, SSP crime, Jammu, said that he had not yet received the complaint from Udhampur.
When contacted, MY Kichloo, SSP vigilance, Jammu, said, "The criminals decide on their targets by getting contact numbers of random people from malls and shopping centres. They call their targets and fool them into revealing their ATM details and PIN. He appealed to people to be alert from such criminals."