Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 2
A swindler duped a Sector 23 resident of Rs 9.93 lakh.
According to the police, the complainant, Sunita Dhawan, reported that her mother has an account in a Punjab National Bank branch in Sector 23, wherein she received her pension.
She reported that SMS alerts were not received on using the bank account following which she searched for a helpline number of the bank on Google.
The complainant called on the number. However, nobody responded. A few minutes later, she received a call from someone who claimed that he was calling from the customer care centre of the bank.
The fraudsters told the complainant that he was sending a link in which some details had to be filled. The fraudster tricked the complainant and made her reveal the number written on her ATM card and its PIN.
The complainant received one-time passwords (OTPs) five times on her registered mobile number, which the fraudster managed to know from her. He then claimed that the service of SMS alert had been activated.
A few hours later, the complainant received five messages of a total of Rs9.93 lakh being withdrawn from her mother’s bank account.
The police were informed about the cheating following which a case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station. An investigation has been initiated into it by the cyber crime investigation cell.
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