Fake phone calls and online frauds have become a common issue but despite several media news alerting people to be aware in these cases, people are still falling prey to online fraud.
Another incident in the series of online fraud occurred with a man who is a teacher by profession. Dilip Pandya who happens to be government school teacher lost around 48000 rupees to online fraud. He received a call on Monday which he misunderstood as a friend’s call and became an easy catch for the fake caller.
The fraud caller took advantage of the misunderstanding and told the teacher that he wanted to transfer some amount in the teacher’s account. The caller asked for the bank account number and the teacher informed him that he didn’t remember his account number. Then the caller asked for his ATM card number. The teacher informed that the card was not in his pocket but at home. This call took place between 12:30 and 3:30.
Later when the teacher reached home, he got a call again and this time the teacher Dilip gave his ATM number to the so called “friend”. He even gave the CVV number to the caller. After a little while the teacher got 3 messages on his mobile which indicated that amount was withdrawn from his account in 3 attempts, the total amount being 47,900 rupees.
The teacher Dilip Pandya called up his friend (actual person this time) and came to know that his friend did not call him at all. Dilip Pandya then sent his son to the bank and had the ATM card blocked and then registered a complaint with police.
It is once again requested to be extremely alert in cases of phone calls. Do not fall prey to fraud calls. No bank will ever call you asking for your bank details over phone. Do not give your bank or your ATM details to anyone over phone calls.