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Mumbai man outwits fraudster, still loses Rs30,000 just 48 hours after getting credit card

The Mumbai man’s bank said his account was used to pay Vodafone and Ola cabs

mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2017 11:39 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,cybercrime,Mumbai crime
Police have registered an FIR against the unidentified accused.(HT)

The ability to identify cybercriminals did not help this Santacruz resident, who still lost Rs30,000 just 48 hours after getting a new credit card.

The man works at a private firm, said police. In July, he was at a shopping centre at Vile Parle (East), where a a state bank employee had set up a counter to sell credit cards. She offered him one and he bought it.

As part of the routine procedure, he filled a form. The next day, the bank called him, asking for his address and date of birth, which he told them.

The card was sent to his house by July 30. On August 2, the bank texted him the pin code and the card became functional.

On August 3, a cyber fraudster posing as a bank official called the man, saying his card had been blocked as he had submitted insufficient details. The man told police he realised that this was a fraudster immediately. He disconnected the call without providing his personal details.

The fraudster called back and asked him why he had cut the call. The man disconnected the call once more. He then called a toll-free number and saw that Rs30,000 had been withdrawn from his account.

He went to the bank, where officials said two transactions — of Rs19,999 and Rs9,999 — had been made. The fraudster used his account to make online payments to Vodafone and Ola cabs.

Police have registered an FIR against the unidentified accused.

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 11:39 IST