People find the ATMs most convenient option for withdrawing cash using ATM cum debit cards or credit cards. There have several instances when fraudsters withdraw money from somebody else’s account.
One such incident has come into light where (PNB) Punjab National Bank’s New Delhi’s Vasant Vihar branch has approached the police complaining that 61 of its account holders have lost approximately Rs 15 lakh to fraudulent transactions in a span of three days. The bank started receiving complaints last week from account holders about ATM transactions being carried out without their knowledge.
DCP Devender Arya stated that a fraud case has been registered at the Vasant Vihar police station. On April 8 several customers of PNB approached the PNB manager of Vasant Vihar branch, New Delhi complaining about the unknown transactions being carried out.
61 people had approached the bank after losing money from their accounts. As per the bank’s statement to police the amount siphoned off was RS 14,97,769. Investigating teams suspect that the money could have been withdrawn either after the card data was copied on a skimmer device by some fraudster or through an internal leak of customer’s data from PNB.