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Mumbai: Cheats dupe senior citizen of Rs 2 lakh over 'updating bank details' after merger

Times Now 11/28/2020

So far 1,700 cases of cyber fraud have been registered in Mumbai in 2020. Of these, the police were able to detect only 115 cases.

Mumbai: A 70-year-old woman was duped of Rs 2 lakh after scammers convinced her to share her personal bank details telling her it is needed to update the data as her bank is going through a merger process.

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In 2020, around 1,700 cases of cyber fraud were registered in Mumbai of which only 115 were solved.

The woman, a resident of Suresh Nagar in Andheri, received a phone call from an unknown person claiming to be from her bank. 

Police said the scammer told the woman that her bank is going through a merger process and thus she needs to give her data to update her account details, according to a report in Mumbai Mumbai Mirror. 

As the woman shared her personal bank details, the cheat transferred Rs 2 lakh to another account. The moment money was deducted from her account, the victim received messages on her mobile phone. The incident took place on November 24. 

Realising that some fraudulent transactions were made from her account, the woman informed her bank and later filed a complaint with the police.

A case has been registered against unknown persons under sections 419 (cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal  Code (IPC). Police have also invoked 66C (punishment for identity theft, 66D (Punishment for cheating by impersonation using computer resource) of the Information Technology Act. 

According to a police officer, the cases where scammers convince the victims to share their personal bank details have become rampant in Mumbai.

"The people must be alert against such frauds and not share their bank account, login IDs, passwords or OTPs with anyone. No bank will ask for such details from the customers," said the officer. 

Mumbai Police records show that cybercrimes have increased between January and September in 2020 as compared to the last year. In 2020, around 1,700 cases of cyber fraud were registered of which only 115 were solved.

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