Seniors lose Rs 2.4 lakh to phishing
Sources : Banglore Mirror
Date of Publishing:08/07/2010
Two retired officials have lost their hardearned money to cyber theft. In the first case, Srinivasan (58), a resident of G M Palya, lost Rs 1.10 lakh from his ICICI Bank account at Ashoknagar.
The fraudulent transfers, to accounts in the same bank in Mumbai, took place on June 21, between 5.48 pm and midnight.
Srinivasan lodged a complaint with the bank’s call centre, and found that of the 11 transfers effected that day, only the first two were by him, when he had paid his mobile phone bills and sent money to his son’s account. The nine fraudulent transactions had siphoned off Rs 1.10 lakh.
"We have obtained the names of the account holders in Mumbai. The victim’s mobile phone wasn’t working so he did not get any SMS alerts," a police source said.
LURED ON THE NET
Investigators suspect they were lured into disclosing their user names, passwords and credit card details on a fake website.
The second case is even more shocking, showing 163 fraudulent transactions on one day. Venkata Dasari, a resident of Padmanabhanagar, had Rs 1.61 lakh in his account. After the fraudulent transfers, his balance came down to Rs 1,151.
The phone banking official told him about the 163 transactions. It turned out the payments had been made towards recharging mobile phones. The bank soon got back to him saying money had been credited into his account, and the balance had gone up to Rs 24,000 and that more credits were in the offing since the phisher had attempted to recharge the wrong mobile numbers.
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