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Lawyer ATM card ‘cloned’

Cyber crime has raised an alarm in the capital once again.

As much as Rs 86,000 was stolen from Ranchi resident and Jharkhand High Court advocate Niyati Sah’s account between late Friday night and the small hours of Saturday.

The theft came to light after Sah received an SMS alert on her phone from the CMPDI branch of State Bank of India (SBI) between 11.40pm on Friday and 12.19am on Saturday.

Alarmed by as many as seven transaction messages, an exasperated Sah immediately dialled the bank’s toll free number. She rued that the operator did not offer any assistance and informed that the transfer personal identification number was not being generated on their system and hence, they could not trace the transactions.

“On Friday night, Rs 40,000 was withdrawn from Mumbai’s Kalampoli SBI branch ATM. An equal amount of money was again taken out on Saturday. A sum of Rs 6,000 was then transferred to an account belonging to one S.K. Srivastava in Delhi,” Sah said.

On Saturday, Sah got in touch with SBI’s CMPDI branch officials. Later, she lodged a complaint with the cyber crime unit of the district police and registered an e-complaint.

“One can’t withdraw over Rs 40,000 on a day. So, the hackers cleverly used Friday late night and early Saturday to commit the crime,” she said.

CMPDI branch chief general manager Sanjeev Kumar said it could be a case of ATM card cloning. “We have requested for video footages of the Mumbai ATM kiosk where the crime was committed.”

SSP Bhimsen Tuti confirmed the complaint registered by Sah and said the cyber wing would investigate the matter.

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