KOLKATA: A young man residing in the Hazra area of south Kolkata has alleged that he has lost Rs 57,000 after his account was hacked and seven questionable transactions made between Thursday and March 10.
The victim Archan Bagchi told cops that he was away for some work in the Ultadanga area when the incident took place. His account lies with a private bank. The Kalighat police has registered the case but forwarded it to the bank-fraud section of the detective department.
The police said that they were trying to ascertain the modus operandi in which the cheating took place. “Bagchi, a resident of Harish Mukherjee Road, insists that he had not shared any OTP. Yet, if it was indeed a case of skimming where the ATM got compromised, he would have not been the only victim. We need to know how seven transactions — some of which took place in quick succession — went unnoticed by both the victim and his bank,” said an investigating officer.
Police sources believe that a local gang — with links to a bigger Gaya gang — might be involved in this case. “They wait with a skimmer near the card-reading slot and fit a spy mini-camera near the key board. Once a victim is lured in and steal their card data in the skimmers, make duplicate ATM cards with card writers and use the targets’ passwords to withdraw money,” an officer said. After the Romanian gang struck, the police carried out the physical audit of ATMs in the city, after lacunae were found in the banks’ check.
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