Moradabad: Deenanath, a clerk working at a consumer forum, was duped of Rs 20,000 after a fake caller made him believe that his pin number had expired and managed to get his card details. The miscreant used a clone ATM card to withdraw the money.
On February 9, Deenanath who is a resident of Mundhapadey area in Govardhanpur of Moradabad received a call from a man Santosh who claimed he was calling from SBI’s headquarters in Maharashtra.
The caller told Deenanath that his ATM pin had expired and had to be renewed for which he would have to tell him his card details. Minutes after Deenanath gave the caller his details, he got a message on his phone saying Rs 5,000 had been debited from his account, reported Jagran.
Shocked at what had happened, he reached the SBI ATM at the main branch of the bank in Moradabad but the machine did not have cash to dispense. By the time he reached Gandhinagar ATM, he had got three messages and a total of Rs 20,000 had been withdrawn from his account.
After figuring out that he had been fooled, he ran from pillar to post to get a complaint registered, however, his requests were turned down repeatedly.
According to the Jagran report, an FIR was finally registered at at Sham Katghar police station on Thursday after he met the SSP .
Read how clone ATM cards are being used in Delhi and Maharashtra:
Thieves decide on their targets by getting contact numbers of random people from malls and shopping centres. They call their targets and fool them into revealing their ATM details and pin numbers.
Once they have the details, they obtain a clean plastic card from the bank and get the ATM card numbers of their targets printed on the magnet strip on the back side of the card. When they swipe this card at ATMs, the machine reads it and dispenses cash, said the report.