Jamshedpur: Incidents of fraudulent withdrawal of money from bank accounts through ATMs are on the rise in the steel city. Unidentified gang of criminals is active in the racket by following different modus operandi, including by changing the ATM card and also by knowing the victim’s ATM PIN number.
The illegal withdrawals from ATMs are hard to get back. For one, the pain of losing money and does not listen to customers on the other bank officers.
In several cases it has been found that when an elderly person goes to the ATM a youth turns up with a helping gesture and offer help in withdrawing money. After winning confidence the victim is made to hand over the ATM card to the miscreant and also the PIN number. After making the withdrawl, the miscreant gives the money to the victim but change the ATM card with an invalid one.
Every alternate day at least one case of such fraudulent withdrawl case is reported to any of the 17 police stations in the city, but the police are hardly doing anything to stop the menace.
Now the criminals have even started withdrawing money fraudulently from the PayTM account. A 45-year-old Dev Bhushan Singh who is a resident of Bagbera lodged an FIR with the Bistupur police station on September 29. Singh who is a civil contractor was duped of Rs 2.25 lakh from his PayTM account with the Axis Bank during the past one month. Bistupur police station against unknown.
In another incident two Tata Steel employees, Sanjiv Kumbhakar and Sanjiv Kumar Singh were duped of Rs 50,000 from the bank account with the IDBI Bank on Saturday evening.
“Given the developments in the bank and ATM police personnel have been directed to use Tiger Mobile to ensure proper security. In order to ensure ATM check police personnel in plain clothes will be deployed,” said a police official.
Sources informed that though the ATMs at Bistupur have security personnel installed but they hardly give proper attendance and show lethargic attitude.
‘We are looking into all aspects and will nab the culprit soon. We are working with bank officials and surveillance around ATM machines has been enhanced,’ said the official.
The gangs especially target women and people from rural areas who are first time users of the ATM and online banking. While police are talking to several banks and cellular companies about the issue, the officials said that these fraud calls are very convincing and even a well-educated person can fall into the trap.