Beware of Cheat callers

Navi Mumbai Police commissioner tweets against cyber criminals

Cyber criminals are active and, in fact, Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Kumar himself tweeted cautioning people against such cheat calls on your cell phones.

NAVI MUMBAI, Aug 7, 2020: Veteran journalist Vishwarath Nair posted this on facebook: “Just received a call from +916289701803 at 9.37 a. m. stating that he was calling from the SBI ATM cards call centre and asked me whether I had applied for a renewal or upgrading of my card.

I immediately sensed foul play and asked him how can I be sure of his credentials and why should I answer his questions.

He threatened to cancel my card and cut the line. A message then followed in Bengali, which was followed by a message in Marathi stating that the caller had put my phone on hold.

And I do not have any SBI ATM card.

Surely, a gang of cheats in operation from outside the State of Maharashtra.

Hope the cybercrime branch takes note and acts.”

This is not the first case. Cyber criminals are active and, in fact, Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Kumar himself tweeted cautioning people against such cheat calls on your cell phones.

Not long ago, a cheat called a housewife at Kopar Khairane and offered to update her JYC details at Vijaya Bank and merged with Bank of Baroda. The caller claimed that he was from BoB Head Office and took details of her Andhra Bank debit card and managed to swipe Rs 11,000 before the lady suspected. She immediately had her debit card blocked and informed the cyber police.

The police commissioner said in another tweet: “NRI police station arrested a 30 years accused from Ulwe today (Aug 1), who on 11/7 had fraudulently cheated an old man of 40000/-.The accused changed card of OLD man who asked help , with fake one and later withdrew money using old man PIN. All money recovered. Don’t seek help at ATM.

Another tweet by Sanjay Kumar: Never upload QS and Any desk app on your mobile on instruction of strangers or otherwise by this app you surrender the control of your mobile to others. Yesterday (July 24), we have six cases of cyber fraud. The biggest is worth 5.9 lakh. Our team is investigating all cases.

So, let’s be careful and alert cyber police whenever we get such calls.

No bank or for that matter any financial services companies ask for OTP or credit/debit card details.