Tamil Nadu: Trichy residents lose Rs 23 lakh to phishing scam | Trichy News | #phishing | #scams

TRICHY: In a major phishing scam, online fraudsters swindled more than ₹23 lakh from the bank accounts of three gullible Trichy residents in different incidents in the past few weeks. The cybercrime wing of the Trichy city police managed to recover ₹20.3 lakh from the fraudsters by freezing their accounts.
Ramakrishnan, a resident of Beema Nagar got a call from a person introducing himself as an SBI customer care executive in February. The caller informed Ramakrishnan that the validity of his bank debit card was going to expire. The complainant fell to his bait and shared vital bank details and the one-time password (OTP) received on his mobile number to the caller. In the next few seconds, ₹17,45,000 from his bank account got debited.
In another incident, Rengarajan from Srirangam received a call from someone who introduced himself as a BSNL officer. The caller told him to recharge for ₹10 to prevent his sim card becoming invalid. As Rengarajan nodded, the caller sent him the link of a mobile application called ‘Quick Support App’.
“The moment he started recharging for ₹10 by using his bank account details including password, the caller read all the information through the app,” police said. The caller simultaneously used that information and debited ₹5.5lakh from Rengarajan’s bank account.
Narayanan of Cauvery Nagar in Srirangam also lost ₹36,300 to an online fraudster in a similar manner. Unlike Rengarajan, Narayanan received an SMS to recharge his sim for ₹10 in order to prevent his card from getting deactivated. Acting on the complaints from the three people, the cybercrime wing managed to freeze the accounts to which the money was transferred. Police also managed get back the money and credited them to the bank accounts of the victims.
In Rengarajan’s case, they recovered only ₹3 lakh. Police are in talks with the bank to get back the remaining amount that was credited to another account of the fraudster. “In that account, there were several inward payments. So, the bank is unable to conclude whether ₹2.48 lakh was debited from Rengarajan’s account,” said inspector K Shanmugavel, who led the team
He appealed to the people not to fall prey to such offers and inform the cybercrime police immediately. Commissioner of police G Karthikeyan asked the public to contact cybercrime helpline 1930 or 155260.

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