Teacher loses Rs 50,000 after card cloned, used for shopping in Bangalore

  • Vijay Kumar Yadav, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2015 22:13 IST

A school teacher lost Rs 50,000 from her bank account after fraudsters used her credit card for shopping in Bangalore.

Nisha Narendran, who teaches in South Indian Education Society (SIES) school, Sion, has said in her police complaint the card was in her possession all along and she has not shared her card details with anyone. Police suspect a gang was involved in stealing her card details.

According to the Tilak Nagar police, Narendran, 54, is a resident of Chheda Nagar, Chembur. She has been using the credit card of a nationalised bank since 2012 and has a credit limit of Rs1 lakh.

In her statement to police, Narendran said the she often uses the card to shop and book tickets online. In the first week of February, she had booked tickets for a out-of-town journey online.

“On February 25, the complainant received two SMS alerts from the bank, stating goods worth Rs 37,000 and Rs 12,500 were bought using her credit card at shops in Bangalore,” said Vijay Dandvate, sub-inspector, Tilaknagar police station.

Shocked, she immediately called up the bank’s customer care and was informed by bank executives that unauthorised transactions were done at two shopping outlets in Bangalore. The complainant got her card blocked and approached the bank for details of the transactions, the police said.

She then registered a complaint with the Tilak Nagar police the next day. “We have registered a case under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act,” said Bhagwat Sonavane, senior inspector, Tilak Nagar police station.

“The crime seems to be the handiwork of a card-cloning gang, which stole the complainant’s card details, duplicated the card, and used it for shopping. We will try to get details of the accused from the two Bangalore shopping outlets,” Dandvate said.

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