UAE: Indian couple in Dubai loses over $8,000 in bank fraud

Dubai, Aug 13 (IANS) An Indian couple here lost their life’s savings, totalling over $8,000, in a debit card fraud, a media report said.

Zubin Vakil and his wife Anshu lost Dh31,363.64 from their joint account in the Bank of Baroda in seven transactions, which the couple said they never made, Gulf News reported on Wednesday.

“All that we had saved up over the years was gone in a flash because someone somewhere got hold of our card details and misused them,” Zubin, a travel consultant, was quoted as saying.

The fraud took place on July 16 when Anshu used her debit card at a garments store and a supermarket in Bur Duba.

Later that night, the couple received “a barrage of notifications” from their bank. Not able to recognise any of the transactions, the couple rushed to a police station to file a complaint.

The couple’s bank statement showed a transaction was made in New York.

The bank, however, said that ATM-cum-debit card use is the sole responsibility of the customer and “the bank does not own any responsibility for any claim”.

The couple has decided to approach the United Arab Emirates Central Bank.

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