Vikash Sharma

A little carelessness is enough for cyber criminals to swoop on your hard earned money, which exactly happened to the wife of an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in Odisha Police.

As per reports, cyber fraudsters mopped up around Rs 50,000 from the bank account of the ASI’s wife on the pretext of credit card activation/validation.

The ASI, identified as Bijay Kumar Bahali, lodged a complaint with the cyber cell after Rs 49,600 was fraudulently withdrawn from the bank account of his wife in Bhadrak.

“Recently, some bank staff had approached my wife over phone for availing a credit card. Though she initially refused, she agreed for the same after the callers narrated the benefits of the credit card which also had health insurance and other benefits along with the credit facility,” said Bahali.

Bahali further said that his wife subsequently received another call where she was told that her credit card would become invalid if she didn't activate it.

“My wife told the callers that she would visit the bank for the same. Later, she again received a call and unwittingly shared the OTP as she did not think it could be a trap as the miscreants posing as bank officials revealed her name, date of birth and other confidential information to her.”

Meanwhile, the investigating sleuths suspect the involvement of some bank staff in leaking crucial information of customers to the cyber criminals. The ASI said that after a complaint was lodge, the concerned bank has removed the lady staff who had called his wife for the credit card.

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