Warns people not to share account details over phone
Srinagar: Cyber Police Kashmir acted quickly to save hard earned money of a shopkeeper and a government employee who had been conned by a fraudster, siphoning money from their accounts after sharing their account details.
The Cyber Police Kashmir received a complaint from an old aged shopkeeper hailing from South Kashmir’s Tral that he received a call from fraudsters posing as staff of the Jammu & Kashmir Bank Headquarters. The caller told him that his ATM Card is going to be blocked and in order to renew the same he was asked to provide the card details. The complainant who is illiterate took the help of his minor granddaughter and did not even mind to share the OTP which he had received shortly. The shopkeeper smelled foul play only when he received a message about debit from his account. Acting on the complaint, the Financial Fraud Team of Cyber Police Kashmir acted swiftly and succeeded in saving the whole amount of victims.
In a similar OTP/vishing fraud case, Cyber Police Station Kashmir succeeded in refunding Rs. 72,938/- where a Govt Employee of Srinagar city shared his Debit card details in a similar manner. The employee later realised that he has been duped, when he received a message from his bank about the debit from his account for a Flipkart purchase. The victim quickly contacted Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone, Srinagar and Cyber Police Station managed to save the whole amount.
Police said that , in OTP/Vishing fraud, victims get phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be officers from different banks. The gullible people share their card details and other information sought by the caller/fraudster, believing them to be genuine employees. They only realise that it was a case of online fraud when they receive a message that their bank accounts have been debited. Usually the complaints in such cases are reported/registered only much later, thereby making it cumbersome for the Cyber Police to take steps to trace, recover and refund the money.
General public is once again advised to remain extra careful while receiving such calls from unknown sources and avoid sharing their ATM card details, bank details, account details, personal details, OTP etc. to anyone so that they are not robbed and will not lose their hard earned money. Community members have hailed the prompt action of Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone Srinagar in tracing and saving the hard earned money of complainants.