Cyber Police thwarts ‘vishing’ attempts

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Aug 10: Acting on several complaints about the vishing (OTP) frauds received from Jammu Division, Cyber Police Kashmir Zone today succeeded in saving an amount of Rs. 3.00 lakh from being duped by the fraudsters.
A police spokesperson said that a complaint was received from an individual from Akhnoor area of Jammu division who was duped of Rs 1,75,000 through a fraud phone call from an unknown caller, impersonating as J&K Bank official.
“After obtaining the OTP on his registered mobile number, an amount of Rs 1,75,000 was debited within a few minutes from his bank account,” a spokesperson said.
Acting swiftly, the Financial Fraud Team of Cyber Police Kashmir succeeded in blocking all the transactions and “thereby saved amount from being duped by the fraudsters. Accordingly, the refund process stands initiated.”
Similarly, Cyber Police Kashmir received another two complaints from Mendhar & Kathua areas of Jammu Division where both the complainants were duped for an amount of Rs. 63,000 each after sharing the OTP over their phones with the fraudsters.
“The timely action by the Cyber Police team helped to save the hard-earned money of both the complainants and initiated the refund process,” the police said.
The police advised the general public to remain cautious about strange phone calls and not to share the details of their accounts or credit/debit cards over the phone.
“Cyber criminals impersonating as bank officials are adopting innovative ways to target gullible people and rob customers,” police said.