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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Police concerned over surge in banking frauds

Jyotsna Jalali, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 21, 2014
First Published: 11:30 IST(21/8/2014) | Last Updated: 11:36 IST(21/8/2014)

Once again, the UT cyber cell is witnessing a rise in online banking frauds. The frauds had taken a surge in 2011 and 2012 and after a slowdown for a year, such complaints have again gone up. This was shared during a workshop organised by UT cyber crime cell to guide police staff on how to go about cases related to cyber crime.

The UT cyber cell has been receiving on an average 3-4 complaints every month and the officials are concerned over the revival of banking frauds. There are about 300 complaints pending with the UT cyber cell here in the city, related to different types of cyber crime.

The workshop was held to educate the police officials and staff on the kinds of frauds and how to deal with them. The workshop was also attended by UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill. Speaking to HT Gill said, “Cyber crime is catching up and we the police need to be fully equipped to handle the same. Also this workshop was conducted with an aim to bridge the gap between the cyber cell and the economic offences wing. We shall be holding more such workshops in future and even the police officials need to be aware of such crimes and only then they will be able to handle the same effectively.”

According to senior officials from the cyber crime cell, this year at least 35 complaints alone of banking frauds have been received so far. The officials said that a number of complainants stated that they received calls from individuals posing as bank agents, asked them for their bank details. The unsuspecting customers not knowing that they were being trapped would disclose the confidential bank details and lost money. Also there are complaints people receiving fake distress mails from their known ones, asking for monetary helps. It is generally the senior citizens who have fallen prey to such complaints and in good faith deposited the money as asked by the sender of the distress mail.

It was further shared that there are many who shared their ATM card details with impersonators posing as agents from banks and the complainants realised their fault only after they lost money.

DSP Rashmi Yadav, in-charge of UT Cyber Cell, said, “Our main aim here is to make people aware about cyber crime and the kind of frauds that can happen. One basic rule that all can follow is that at no cost one should reveal personal bank details even if someone is calling from the bank.”

Kinds of banking frauds

Impersonators posing as bank officials ask for personal ATM card details and then use same for shopping etc.

People get fake distress mails from someone known, asking for money to be transferred to their bank accounts. Many in good faith deposit the same.

Hackers retrieve bank card details from computers of people, who used the same for online shoppping or paying bills etc.

police Advisory

In view of rise in such incidents in Chandigarh, the police have issued an advisory to the public to strictly beware of calls where the caller asks for sharing personal bnank details. The police have asked residents not to share their ATM card details with anybody.

Report such calls to both police and your bank so that necessary action can be taken.

Try to visit your bank at frequent intervals.

Get your mobile phone registered with your bank for consistent updates of any banking transactions.

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