Jagatsinghpur, June 30 (LocalWire): Lakhs of rupees have been siphoned off from bank accounts by vishing in rural areas of Jagatsinghpur district but police are yet to arrest the culprits.
Most complaints are from customers who fell victim to fraudsters who introduced themselves as bank executives and obtained the bank account details including the user’s ‘one time password’ by offering updates and perks on their existing credit or debit cards. The victims, in good faith, gave their bank details which the perpetrators used to siphon off lakhs of rupees.
Voice phishing or Vishing is the criminal practice of cheating using phone/mobile to gain access to private personal and financial information from the public for the purpose of financial fraud/withdrawing the money from victim’s account through various methods. Voice phishing is difficult to monitor or trace by legal authorities.
On Saturday, Rs 55,000 was siphoned off from Babylata Jena’s State Bank of India Balikuda branch account when a person rang her up and identified himself as an SBI employee and wanted to know the password of her ATM card as correction of password was on at the branch.
She suspected something was wrong and rushed o the bank to find Rs 55, 000 had been withdrawn from her account within an hour of the phone call.
SBI bank Balikuda branch officials said this was not a one-off case as several lakhs of rupees from different depositors had been siphoned off by fraudsters in the past. Axis Bank, Kania branch officials also claimed that four depositors have been cheated.
IIC of Balikuda police station, Sarbeswer Behera said, ‘We have received FIR from Jena and started an investigation by verifying the bank account and also interrogated officials.’
Several such incidents have been reported from several other places and different banks that have branches in jagatsinghpur district. Police have advised the customers to seek the intervention of cyber police to unearth the racket.
Bank officials have also advised bank customers and credit cards users to remain vigilant and not divulge their account details to unknown people even if they claim to be from their bank.
In 2018, Tirtol police had arrested a native of Jharkhand and 14 cellphones had been seized from his possession. He and his gang had siphoned off Rs 37,400 from Kajal Pradhan of Termanpur village under Tirtol police limit through online transaction. At least five to six more people were involved in this case but other accused have not been arrested yet.