The victims have been principally wage account holders. (Representational)
Over 30 folks, principally from Kolkata’s Jadavpur space, have lodged complaints that an enormous amount of cash was withdrawn in the course of the previous three days from their accounts by fraudsters, police stated on Monday.
Majority of the complaints got here from individuals who had used ATMs of personal and nationalised banks round Sukanta Setu at Jadavpur within the southern a part of Kolkata.
The police suspect that these behind the crime most likely used automated teller machines (ATMs) in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida, although the debit playing cards have been within the possession of the unique homeowners, a senior police officer stated.
“As per the complaints, several lakhs of rupees were withdrawn from ATMs using some dubious method. These seem to be a matter of ATM skimming. We are analysing the complaints. Fraudsters seem to have used some old data of customers which they had gathered earlier,” he stated.
9 complaints have been lodged at Jadavpur Police Station on Saturday, just a few have been obtained on Sunday whereas the whole quantity reached 32 on Monday.
The victims have been principally wage account holders.
Financial institution worker Shyamal Karmakar claimed that he had obtained messages concerning withdrawal of Rs 10,000 from his account thrice on Saturday although he had not used the cardboard.
Barun Halder alleged that his spouse has misplaced a number of 1000’s of rupees in transactions which weren’t finished by anybody of their household.
“We have not shared details of our account or our debit cards with anyone. We never at any point of time shared any OTP (one time password). Despite that, we have lost our money,” Halder stated.
The police officer stated the purchasers have lodged complaints with their respective banks.
Final month, West Bengal had arrested two Turkish and two Bangladeshi nationals for allegedly stealing just a few crores of rupees by skimming ATM playing cards of 1000’s of checking account holders throughout the nation.
The alert was first sounded in Tripura, the place round Rs 1.19 crore was reported to have been duped from ATMs between November 15 and 17.
In August, metropolis police had arrested two Romanians from Indore in Madhya Pradesh in reference to an alleged ATM fraud case.
The Romanians have been allegedly members of a gang concerned in stealing knowledge from ATM playing cards of shoppers by utilizing secret cameras and skimmers at money shelling out machines.
Utilizing the stolen knowledge, the gang members would put together clones of ATM playing cards and used them to fraudulently withdraw cash from financial institution accounts of shoppers, police sources stated.