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Rs 12,000 lost in debit card fraud

A man has allegedly been duped of nearly Rs 12,000 through an Internet banking fraud. The complaint comes less than a fortnight after a person was arrested in Salt Lake for allegedly siphoning off Rs 10 lakh from the bank account of former cricketer V.V.S. Laxman through an online transaction.

Rabindranath Das, 45, an employee of a home appliance company, lodged an FIR with Tiljala police station on Thursday morning, alleging that Rs 11,599 had been debited from his account in a private bank the night before against transactions he wasn’t aware of.

“I get SMS and email alerts for every transaction on my debit card. I was home when I received two text messages at 9.52pm and then 9.56pm for transactions with a money transfer website and a retail outlet,” said Das, a Kasba resident. “Four more text messages followed, each with alerts on more purchases. I panicked and rushed to the nearest ATM to withdraw the entire amount from my account and then called the customer care centre.” The last alert Das received before his card was blocked came at 10.14pm.

The bank with which Das has an account refused to take responsibility. “There must have been misuse on his part. The bank cannot be held liable for that,” said Amitava Dasgupta, the manager of the Ballygunge branch of ICICI Bank.

The officer-in-charge of Tiljala police station, Sujit Chakraborty, said the complaint would be forwarded to the cyber crime wing of the detective department.

Scam arrest

Abu Ahmed Ishtiakh Chowdhury, who ran a sham deposit company in Assam that closed down last year, was arrested in Salt Lake on Thursday.