Mumbai : The recent instances of illegal debit card-skimming leading to money theft from other bank accounts can be attributed to non-practice of authentication processes in the jurisdiction where the money got withdrawn, Reserve Bank Executive Director G Padmanabhan said.

“The problems relating to illegal card transactions happened because we are interlinked, and the two-factor authentication and the other security measures did not exist in overseas market where these cards were cloned and used,” he said while speaking at an event organised by Western Union Money Transfer and Kotak Mahindra Bank here.

He attributed the issue as one of the negative fallouts of an interconnected world in which one lives. Recently, customers of private sector banks, including Axis Bank, had complained of amounts getting withdrawn in euros overseas.   In its investigation, the law enforcement agencies found out that some ATMs were allegedly compromised by fraudsters to clone the cards.

After cloning, the account details were used to withdraw money in Greece.

He also questioned why banks are not using any alternatives to the usage of the fraud-prone cards, including near failed communication and mobile-based call options to avoid such instances.

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