Saturday, February 3, 2018

Marketing professional loses Rs 28k to card cloning


PUNE: A 45-year old man became the victim of a case of suspected debit card cloning. The complainant, Amrendrakumar Pramod Singh, is a resident of Pune. On September 26 last year, multiple transactions for a total value of Rs 28,000 were done on his debit card at an ATM in Thane.

Singh, a marketing professional with a private firm, says he never visited Thane. He maintained that he had neither lost his debit card nor shared its details with anyone else. The police suspect Singh's card has been cloned, and are in the process of ascertaining where the crime might have taken place.

Singh was alerted about the fraudulent transactions via text messages from the bank. "The fraudster used a fake card at a bank's ATM in Thane and carried out three withdrawals - two of Rs 10,000 each and one of Rs 8,000 - and left only Rs 500 balance in the savings bank account," Singh told, "I rushed to the bank and got the card blocked."

Singh also filled out a distress form, claiming a refund of his money as there was no negligence on his part. "The bank assured me that they would conduct an indepth inquiry and repay the money at the earliest, but till date, nothing has happened," Singh said. Adding insult to injury, Singh's account was charged Rs 23 per transaction, as cash was withdrawn from the ATM of another bank.

Initially, Singh had rushed to the Sahakarnagar police chowkey, which referred it to the Pune cybercrime cell, where Singh filed a complaint application. After investigating the complaint, the cybercrime cell directed Singh to Sahakarnagar police, where an FIR was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.

"We have registered Singh's complaint under sections 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code, among other charges of the Information Technology Act. We will write to the banks concerned to give details of the transactions done by the fraudster. We will seek assistance from the cyber cell to detect the case at the earliest," inspector A T Wagmale said.

"A CCTV camera has captured images of a suspect thrice swiping the card and withdrawing money from an ATM at Thane," a cybercrime officer said.


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