Srinagar, June 15: Three customers of two nationalized banks from Kashmir Valley lost Rs 88,000 after trusting a caller and revealing personal identification number (PIN) to a person who projected himself as a bank official. One of the victims is the Chairperson Women’s Development Corporation Mrs Nahida Soz, who is having an account holder of State Bank of India’s Gandhi Nagar branch in Jammu. Another victim is also the account holder of the same bank while the third victim is the customer of Oriental Bank of Commerce Polo View Srinagar.
Javaid Ahmed, an SBI account holder of Rawalpora Branch, who lost Rs 50,000 told CNS that a person who conversed with him in pure Hindi identified himself as General Manager SBI Subhash Chander. “He sought the PIN of my account before telling me that my ATM card has lapsed and to revive it he needs the Personal Identification Number. I received an SMS after revealing my PIN which stated that a sum of Rs 30,000 had been debited to my account.”
He said that after losing Rs 30,000, he received another call. “This time the caller admitted that he cheated me and is a fraudster. The Caller expressed sympathy with me and assured that the looted money will be credited in some of my other account. I like a fool, gave him the PIN of the account of my brother and within no time, that accounted was debited with Rs 20,000,” the victim said adding that he has filed a complaint with the Cyber Crime and the State Bank of India.
Chairperson Womens Development Corporation, Nahida Soz was also trapped by these online fraudsters. “I lost Rs 13,000. I never imagined that the caller was a cheater as he talked in a professional way,” she said.
“By the time i reached the bank, Rs 13,000 in my account had been wiped out in the form of transfer,” she said.
A Bank official warned the customers of banks not to reveal details of their bank accounts to anyone.
Nisar Ahmed a resident of Shalimar Srinagar also fell prey to these online fraudsters and lost Rs 18,000. The surge in online fraud has prompted Jammu Kashmir Bank authorities to shoot an SMS frequently to its customers asking them not to reveal any information about their bank accounts. (CNS)