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Mumbai: Vishing scam: ‘Bank officials’ duping city’s senior citizens


Mumbai: Two senior citizens have registered separate cases of vishing at Mumbai’s police stations recently.

In the first case, 71-year-old Sudhir Meshtha recently received a call from a person impersonating a Bank of India employee. The conman asked Meshtha, a resident of Goregaon, for for his debit card details as a part of Know Your Customers (KYC) policy. After getting the card details from Meshtha, the caller disconnected the call. Later, Meshtha realised that Rs. 49,997 had been debited from his bank account. Meshtha has registered an FIR at Goregaon police station.

Using the same modus operandi, an unidentified caller conned 69-year-old Khar resident Deeplakshmi Mankar responded to a call from a conman impersonating a bank official on September 12. She claimed in her complaint that she received a call from a man who claimed to be calling from a bank and asked Mankar to give him all the details of card as a part of KYC. After getting her card details, the caller asked her to share the One Time Password (OTP) she received on her cell phone.

After the disconnecting the phone call, Mankar realised that a sum of Rs 1.48 lakh had been debited from her account. A case has been registered at Khar police station. No arrests have been made in both the cases.

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In yet another case, a 27-year-old woman registered a cheating case at Borivali police station after she learnt that Rs. 9,300 had been debited from her bank account in two transactions recently. The woman, Manali Shah, has told the police that she had gone to a shopping mall at Gorai on Wednesday but she did not make any of the transactions. Further investigations are underway.