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Scamsters target ATMs in rural areas

Mysuru: Think twice before swiping your card to draw money from an ATM with out a safety guard in rural spaces.

Cybercrime, Economic Offences, and Narcotics (CEN) police are investigating the second case of phishing reported from the district within the final 10 days by which money of a farmer has been drawn from an ATM in Raigarh of Chhattisgarh. Police suspect that cybercriminals are focused on rural ATMs the place they can repair skimmers simply because of loss of CCTVs and safety guards.

According to a grievance registered by means of CEN police, Shivaraju D, a resident of Mallahalli, had withdrawn Rs 4,000 from an ATM of a nationalized bank located in Hullahalli on January 29. But on January 31 night, he received a message stating that Rs 20,000 and Rs 12,500 were withdrawn in two separate transactions. The money was withdrawn from an ATM in Raigarh of Chhattisgarh. He has lodged a grievance with CEN police in this regard.

According to CEN police, they have got launched an investigation into this factor. “We suspect that the miscreants fastened the skimmer and later got rid of it after gathering the ATM details of the victim. Later, they would have shared the main points with their counterparts in North India who in turn withdrew money after creating a bogus card,” police mentioned.

According to police, bank consumers as well as the government will have to be very cautious because the circumstances of phishing are expanding every day. “One can simply learn the technique of attaching the skimmer to the ATM device via online movies. People will have to avoid visiting the ATMs without CCTVs and safety guards. Bank officials will have to also keep an eye on the attachments to the ATM machines,” police mentioned.

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