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Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: With the rise in online banking frauds, scamsters are targeting credit card users and coming up with new techniques to trick them into revealing their confidential banking details. These fraudsters now seem to be on the prowl in Odisha.

One Manoj Badtya of Bhubaneswar claims that neither did he clicked on any link nor shared OTP with anyone but a transaction of Rs 71,000 was done from his two credit cards on November 11, 2020.

"I have two credit cards, one of SBI and another of RBL bank. There was a transaction of Rs 71,000 from both of my credit cards at a time. I am in mental stress now due to repeated calls from the banks to pay the credit card bills," said Badtya while alleging police in-action into the matter even though he has appraised them about the same.

Like Badtya, anyone can be a victim of such cyber fraud as data of over 10 crore credit and debit card users have been reportedly leaked on Dark Web.

As the leaked data reportedly includes full names, email addresses and phone numbers of the cardholders along with the first and last four digits of their cards, it is feared that cyber fraudsters may make transactions without the knowledge of the card owners.

As per reports, the data has been leaked from Juspay, which offers payment processing services for Amazon, MakeMyTrip, and Swiggy.

Cyber expert Prashant Sahoo said that Dark Web cannot be accessed like other regular browsers as it requires a special browser to access. On what one should do if his/ her data has been leaked, Sahoo said that the best option is to change the credit card.

He further said: (i) Restrict international usage of your credit cards by calling the banks (ii) Also, reduce domestic uses of your card.

This apart, one Rama Chandra Prusty of Kharavelanagar in Bhubaneswar lost Rs 52,000 by just clicking on a link that promised a reward of Rs 4,500 from GooglePay.

"I was told to click on a link to get the reward point redeemed on GooglePay. He (the one to whom he was speaking over phone) told me to open GooglePay and click on an application below showing, W. As soon as I clicked on the application, the amount was debited from my account," said Prusty.

As per the Ministry of Home Affairs, a cyber fraud of Rs 15 crore was reported from Kolkata alone in 2020, while an online fraud of over Rs 62 lakh was reported from Odisha in the same year.

Bhubaneswar DCP Uma Shankar Das said that if anyone gets such calls from fraudsters, he/ she should inform the police. “We will block such calls which will subsequently save others,” he added.

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