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GANGTOK, Feb 16: A resident of Maniram Bhanjyang, South Sikkim was duped of Rs. 47,900 when an unknown person called her on the phone and took the details of her ATM Card. Later, the victim discovered that the money was withdrawn from her account.
According to the police, the victim received a call on her cellphone yesterday (Wednesday) from an unknown number. The caller identified herself to be from SBI Helpline, Kolkata. She asked the victim to provide her with ATM Card Number, OTP and CVV Number for subscribing to Transaction SMS. The unsuspecting woman gave the caller all the details.
However, in no time she received a text message on her phone that said Rs. 47,900 had been withdrawn from her bank account.
A criminal case under relevant sections of IPC and IT Act has been registered at Namchi Police Station and is under investigation.
Concerned over the rising fraudulent cases in the state, the Sikkim police has issued an advisory, requesting everyone not to provide personal particulars/financial details to unknown persons via phones or email.
"No banks or financial institutions ask for any personal details/passwords through phone calls or emails. Such callers are usually miscreants who are looking to cheat unsuspecting persons," a police source informed.