Mumbai senior citizen latest victim of vishing fraud, loses Rs60,000 to ‘bank official’
The cyber criminal tricked the man on the pretext of linking his Aadhaar card details to his bank account.
A 67-year-old man from Versova became the latest victim of a vishing fraud, where a cyber criminal in a late night phone call posed as a bank official and tricked the senior citizen into giving his debit card details, and used them to withdraw Rs60,000 from his bank account. Till date, over 400 cases of card fraud have been reported in the city, in which a majority of cases are of vishing, which means more than one person falls prey to this fraud daily in Mumbai.
According to the Versova police, the victim is a resident of a housing society on JP Road in Versova, Andheri (West). Around 11.40pm on September 21, when the senior citizen was at home, he received a phone call from the fraudster who said he was calling from his bank and that they were upgrading the database by linking their customer’s card details with their Aadhaar card.
The accused then took the victim’s Aadhaar card number and card details like the 16-digit number, CVV and the One Time Password (OTP) that was received on the senior citizen’s mobile phone. The details were then used to withdraw Rs60,000 from his bank account. The man then approached the local Versova police and on September 21, a First Information Report (FIR) was registered under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for cheating and section 66 C and 66 D of the Information Technology Act for identity theft and cheating by impersonation using computer resource respectively.