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Hyderabad: Over 200 people duped in credit card fraud rackets

May 10, 2015 10:45 AM IST India India
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Hyderabad: A significant increase in the debit and credit fraud is being reported in Hyderabad. Cyber criminals have duped more than 200 persons in the first four months of 2015.

The police say most of these cases could have been prevented if people were more aware and alert.

Noorjahan, a victim of a fraud case, allegedly got a call from her bank in April asking her to renew her ATM card but when she refused, the caller told her that if she did not get it renewed, her card will be blocked.

Noorjahan shared her card details including the PIN and CVV number as asked by the caller. A few days later when her brother Mohammad Ali went to the bank to withdraw money for his mother's operation, he found that his account was empty. They immediately registered a case with the police.

"My sister did not know she gave the details, we had Rs 1.70 lakh only. We saved this money for my sister's wedding," Mohammad Ali said.

Fraudsters are duping honest citizens in Hyderabad posing as bank executives or bank call centre staff. The police have even received complaints about skimmers attached to ATM card slots to steal data.

Ravi Varma, DCP, Central Crime Station said that people should understand nothing comes for free and should be careful when people give tempting offer or calls are suspicious.

According to the police, 200 cases of fraud have been reported in the last 5 months alone. Since 2014, debit and credit card fraud cases have almost doubled.

Various banks and police time and again create awareness among people not to share any of their personal information, but people unknowingly fall in the trap. Hyderabad police is concerned with the increasing number of cyber crime cases, but says only alert citizens can help prevent such crimes.