Mangaluru: The case of disclosure of one’s ATM details to a fraudulent caller was reported in these columns on Tuesday, March 15.
Ironically, on the very same day, a woman from Balkunje near Kinnigoli was tricked into revealing her ATM details by an unidentified Hindi-speaking caller, which made her lose her money in the bank.
On Tuesday, she received a call from a person who introduced himself as an officer from the bank and asked for her card details for verification.
In good faith, she gave him the details. Soon thereafter, she got suspicious and informed a neighbour who assisted her in calling the bank to freeze the account.
When she went to the bank, the fraudster had already managed to get the account debited with Rs 17,000 by means of four online purchases, all within a matter of 20 minutes.
Kinnigoli has the largest concentration of nationalized banks because of NRI funds. At least five account-holders have lost money in such instances during the past month.
There could be many more, who might have hesitated to file complaints for fear of negative publicity.
Bank officials keep warning the customers about these kinds of calls. But a more vigorous awareness campaign is the need of the hour.
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