Neemuch: Cyber cons steal Rs 1.76 lakh from elderly woman’s account

NEEMUCH (MADHYA PRADESH): An elderly woman in Neemuch district became a victim of a cyber crime on Saturday. She alleged that Rs 1.76 lakh were deducted from her account after she received 2 calls on her mobile phone.

The victim Sarita Bai, wife of Raman Das Premani living in Jawahar Nagar, holds a bank account in a private bank in the town.

On Saturday, Sarita Bai’s daughter got a phone call from mobile number 8388992882 and the person on other side introduced himself as bank manager of a private bank. The person on the other side asked her to verify her account and told her that a certain amount of money is deposited in her account.

After this, about Rs 89,000 was deducted from bank account under the pretext of making fixed deposit and after that Rs 87,000 was deducted. The victim's son Pawan Premani told that in the apprehension of cyber crime, he informed the bank officer and asked him to block his mother’s account. However, the bank official directed him to complain on a toll free number.

After many efforts the victim and her kin somehow contacted the toll free number of the bank and blocked the account.

Pawan said that they got a call from same number once again and person on the other side told us to share an OTP as it will help them get their money back.

However, on this occasion Pawan submitted a written complaint to the bank officials and the police, demanding action against the cyber criminals.

Premani alleged that the bank officials delayed the due remedy to them by asking them to complain on the a toll free number rather than blocking the account immediately.

When contacted Pawan Farkya, assistant branch manager of the bank said that as soon as the Premani came to the bank and informed about the matter, we immediately froze the account and asked them to file a complaint on the toll free number too, so that appropriate action can be initiated.

After losing Rs 1.76 lakh, had we had not managed to block the account, then the damage would have been even more.

When contacted Neemuch SP Suraj Kumar Verma said that cyber cell is coordinating with the bank and probing the matter.

He appealed to the people to not share vital information or OTP related to their bank account with anyone over phone or with any site on internet.

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