Never share your bank debit card details, PIN number - this woman lost Rs 50,000 over food bill fraud
This woman lost Rs 50,000 due to an order she placed in a fraud case. She was tricked into it through a simple modus operandi by cybercriminals. Time and again bank account holders have been warned that they must never share their bank debit card details and PIN number with anyone for any reason at all
This woman lost Rs 50,000 due to an order she placed in a fraud case. She was tricked into it through a simple modus operandi by cybercriminals. Time and again bank account holders have been warned that they must never share their bank debit card details and PIN number with anyone for any reason at all. Reason is that people keep giving away these details and losing huge sums of money to fraudsters. Savita Sharma suffered this setback recently when she ordered a meal through an advertisement she saw on Facebook.
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This 58-year-old Bengaluru woman, a resident of Yelachenahalli in South Bengaluru, lost Rs 50,000, according to the Indian Express after she saw an irresistible ad on Facebook that promised two thalis if she buys one priced at Rs 250. She called up the number in the ad and placed her order. The person concerned said she would need to pay an advance of Rs 10 to book the order and that the remaining amount can be paid to the delivery person at the doorstep at the time of delivery.
It was at this point that things took a turn for the worse. After this, Savita received a link on her smartphone and she was asked to fill up a form. The details this form asked for included her bank account details, debit card details and even PIN number. However, no alarm bells rang in her head and Savita actually submitted all the details. Within a few minutes, Rs 49,996 was withdrawn from her account. Savita rang up the number again to ask for a clarificatiion but no one picked it up. It was switched off. The scamsters ran off with her money.
Fortunately, Savita Sharma has filed a complaint at the Cyber Crime, Economic Offences & Narcotics (CEN) police station and the case is under investigation.
The lesson in all this is that cybercrimes are being perpetrated by thieves with a modus operndui that is simple. They will first lure the innocent victim with an offer and make some simple demands. However, after that they will immediately follow up with requsests for bank details, ATM card details and more. If people are aware, they will simply hang up phone. However, those who have not figured out this scam, end up losing alot of money. In the case of Savita Sharma that amount is as big as Rs 50,000. A loss that could have been prevented if simple prcautions had been taken.
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