2 Chandigarh residents fall prey to cyber fraud

2 Chandigarh residents fall prey to cyber fraud

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18

Two city residents fell prey to cyber fraud.

In one of the incidents, a 62-year-old woman was duped by a fraudster posing as an Army officer.

According to the police, the complainant, Vanita Suri of Sector 22, reported that she had put an advertisement on a website to rent her house.

The complainant then received a call from the suspect, who introduced himself as an Army officer posted in Odisha. The suspect told the victim that he had been transferred to Chandigarh and his posting would be at Hallo Majra. The suspect claimed that he wanted to shift with his family due to which he needed the house.

The complainant stated that the suspect also made a video call and was wearing the Army uniform.

The suspect sent a QR code to the victim and asked her to scan the same so that he could pay some advance. The victim fell in the trap and scanned the QR code following which a total of Rs63,000 was debited from her account in three transactions.

In another incident, Gurjeet Kaur (46), a resident of Sector 23, reported that she had received a call from a woman who claimed that she was calling from SBI credit card department. The suspect claimed that she wanted to send refund against the credit card and asked for the details of the credit card. The victim revealed the information after which the suspect asked her to share an OTP sent on the mobile number.

The victim shared the OTP. However, the suspect claimed that her SBI card was blocked. The suspect then asked her to share the information about her RBL bank’s credit card so that the refund can be sent.

The police said the victim shared the details and received an OTP on her mobile phone, which she shared with the suspect. Soon, the victim found that three transactions of total Rs83,979 were made from her credit card.

The police have registered cheating cases at the Sector 17 police station.

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