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Con man ‘returns’ victim’s money

A caller claiming to be a bank official from Mumbai, who had conned an employee of a cartridge refilling company into parting with his debit card details and used the information to carry out an online transaction worth Rs 4,000 from the victim’s savings account, has credited the sum back to the same account.

Call it the con man’s change of heart or fear of police action, cartridge company employee Dipak Kumar Gorai, a resident of Mahilong in Namkum area of Ranchi, got his hard-earned money back.

The development came four days after he registered an FIR at state CID’s cyber crime cell in Doranda on March 1.

Gorai’s bank pass book shows that the amount was credited to his savings account (No. 0061010150347) at Hatia branch of United Bank of India — increasing his balance from Rs 1,953.03 to Rs 5,953.03 — on March 5.

“Seeing the transaction reference No. 772243, I realised that it was the same money which had been fraudulently debited from my account on February 26. The transaction number that time was PRCR/000000772243,” Gorai said.

Gorai recalled how he had received a call from +919546635876 on his mobile around 3.30pm on February 26. The caller told Gorai that it was a routine verification exercise and asked him for his debit card details, including its PIN.

To his horror, Gorai received an SMS at 3.35pm that Rs 4,000 had been debited from his account. “Bank officials had told me that a purchase had been done from my debit card. But they could not tell from where it was done,” he said.


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