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2 held in online fraud of over Rs 12 lakh

Panaji: The cyber crime police have arrested two accused in an online fraud, wherein a woman from Mapusa was duped to an amount of over Rs 12 lakh on the pretext of updating her bank debit card.

The police said that it is a vishing (voice call) fraud, and disclosed the names of the accused as Lakhvinder Singh (26) from Ganganagar, Rajasthan and Darshan Singh (43) Anupgarh-Ganganagar, Rajasthan. Anupgarh is a place in Rajasthan bordering Pakistan.

Cyber Crime SP Shobhit Saksena said that a woman from Mapusa had filed a complaint of vishing fraud.

“The complainant was cheated through vishing (voice call) on the pretext of updating her bank debit card by a bank official (imposter). She was made to share all her banking details including the ATM cum debit card details and net banking details over phone”, said Saksena.

He said that after sharing the bank details, amount of Rs 12,76,610 was transferred from her bank account into other accounts.

The police have recovered bank ATM cards, bank pass book, SIM cards, mobile phones and other documents from the accused.

PI cyber crime Rajesh Job along with PSI Devendra Pingle arrested the accused persons in Rajasthan.

After reaching Goa, both the police officers and the two accused persons underwent test for COVID-19 and the report is negative.

The cyber crime police are further investigating the case to trace and arrest the other accused involved in the crime.

The cyber crime police have issued advisory asking public not to share any banking details over the phone, email or messages.

The public is advised to visit their nearest branch, if they face any issues. They are also advised to inform the cyber crime police station if they receive such calls, emails or messages asking for banking details. Public are also cautioned to ensure that they are calling on the right customer care number, especially, when the customer care number is searched through search engine like Google or any other search engine.

It is advised to search for the bank website first and then from the website to get the customer care number instead of directly searching for the customer care number, said cyber crime police.

There could be fraudsters who have posted their numbers as the customer care number of a bank or any other organisation, who then trick the caller to compromise their banking details through phishing, vishing or smishing (through SMS), said the Cyber crime police.

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