A Nair Hospital doctor recently fell prey to cyber frauds. He received a phone call wherein the caller claimed to be from the bank of which he had an account. The caller on the pretext of providing him a credit card on zero charges, asked for his ATM card details, which was later used for an online money transfer. The money was transferred from his accounts to other accounts in Mumbai, Noida and Gujarat. A similar case is registered with Worli police recently.
According to assistant police inspector Vishwajit Jagtap of Agripada police station, doctor Deepak Devde, 28, who has been working with Nair Hospital for the past two years, received a phone call on May 7. The caller claimed to be a bank official and offered him a credit card with attractive offers.
"The doctor showed interest after which the caller asked for his ATM card details. Devde gave his ATM's 16 digit number and birth date. The caller then asked for his ATM's PIN number which the doctor was hesitant to give. The caller then assured him that his PIN number will not be heard and that he can say his PIN number following a music that would play on the call. Soon, the music followed and the doctor said his PIN number," said Jagtap.
He added that once the music stopped, the caller told Devde that the process is over and his credit card would be delivered. "Within two hours, Devde received a message alert from his bank that Rs33,000 was transferred from his account," he said.
Devde then called the bank informing them that he has not done any such transfer. "Suspecting that he could have been duped by cyber frauds, he then lodged a complaint on May 9. The cell phone number from which the call was made is switched off. We have registered a case of cheating under various sections of IPC and Information Technology Act," Jagtap said.
In a similar case registered by the Worli police on May 6, a businessman was allegedly duped by cyber fraudsters of Rs30,000. "The victim had received a phone call wherein the caller on the pretext of verification of his bank ATM card, took his ATM card's PIN and later used it to transfer money," said senior police inspector, Sunil Jain from Worli police station.