Man dupes former Army colonel of Rs 8,999 over phone
An unidentified man posed as a bank manager with a public-sector bank and allegedly duped a 65-year-old retired army colonel of Rs 8,999 by tricking him into sharing his bank details over the phone, the police said on Friday.
An FIR was registered on Thursday at the cyber police station under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) and the IT Act on the incident that took place on February 16.
On that day, the victim got a telephone call stating that his ATM card would expire soon and he needs to renew it. “The accused posing as the bank manager asked the victim’s ATM card number and other details and also an OTP, which was received on his mobile phone,” the ASI investigating the case said. After the phone call got disconnected, he realised that Rs 8,999 has been deducted from his bank account.
“We have traced the number to West Bengal, but it is difficult to track the suspect in such cases as the SIM is bought using someone else’s identity proof,” the ASI said. He said the money from the account was transferred to an e-wallet and the police have written to the company for the details. No arrests have been made so far.