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SRINAGAR: The Cyber Police Station Srinagar has retrieved back a sum of Rs 1,10,000 from hackers, who targeted an old man while posing as bank officials.

As per details, an 85 years old man was duped of Rs 1,10,000 on pretext of OTP/Vishing fraud. The complainant received a fraud call from the accused, who introduced himself as J&K Bank official and informed him that his debit card (ATM card) has been blocked and politely asked him to share card details along with 6 digit OTP number for unblocking the card, and within few minutes an amount of Rs 1,10,000 was deducted from his account.

The aggrieved person immediately contacted cyber police station and acting timely, a Cyber Police Station team was able to block the aforesaid amount immediately, which was further retrieved. The fraudsters had also sent a phishing link on his cell number to install remote access application to gain access of his banking mobile app. The team immediately guided the complainant to uninstall the remote application app for blocking further fraudulent transactions. Further efforts are on to trace the scammers for booking them under relevant sections of law.

The Cyber Police has advised people to remain cautious about strange phone calls besides refraining themselves from sharing their account details and credit/ debit card details with anybody. Due to prevailing COVID-19 situation, the fraudsters have come up with new cyber frauds across nation, with modus operandi that ‘customers are receiving calls to share OTP to postpone their 3 months EMI as per relaxation given by RBI. Once the OTP is shared, hard-earned money of gullible public is withdrawn from their bank accounts’.