3 such incidents occurred today: bank manager

Indore: A grocery vendor was cheated by a phone call, through which the caller obtained his ATM PIN (Personal Identification Number or code) from him and withdrew Rs 5000 from his account, on Monday evening in Aerodrome Area. When the victim contacted the bank officers, they informed him that, this is the third incident reported to their bank in one day.

The victim Giriraj Gupta is a grocery vendor and a resident of Loknayak Nagar. His bank account is in State Bank of India, Ramchandra Nagar branch. On Monday at around 5 p.m., he received a phone call from a number 07033243677 and the caller introduced himself as a RBI officer.The caller further said that his ATM card is blocked and if he wants to re-activate it, he needs to tell the caller his ATM PIN. Gupta said that he would tell the PIN by personally meeting in the bank. Then the fraud caller said that if he will not give the PIN, his account would be blocked forever. Gupta again said that, he would give the PIN after five minutes.

Then the fraud caller again called him after five minutes and threatened him, saying that if he will not tell the number soon, his amount deposited in the account will be transferred to the RBI account. Out of this fear, Gupta told him his PIN and after few minutes, he received message from the bank that, Rs 5000 have been withdrawn from his account.

Now, Gupta rushed to the bank and informed the bank officers about the incident. They said that the RBI and any bank officer never ask anyone about his or her PIN, so one should keep it always secret from all. They added that, their bank has displayed posters and stickers about this precaution at various places.

The bank officer also told him, “Three such incidents have occurred today in his bank and in another incident one police personnel has lost Rs. 10,000 after revealing his PIN. Now, bank can do nothing except stopping further ATM transactions from that account”.  The bank officer also tried to contact the fraud by calling on his mobile number. But, the caller switched off the after knowing that some bank officer had called him. After this, Gupta approached police and made his complaint. Police filed a case and started investigations.

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