Sarupathar, March 12, 2019
Miscreants from Jharkhand used ATM card cloning trick to steal money from a man’s Sarupathar branch of State Bank Of India (SBI) account. Sarupathar is the Sub-Divisional headquarter of Dhansiri Sub-Division in Golaghat district of Assam.
“I received four messages of cash withdrawal from my SBI account. Rs 80,000 was withdrawn from my account in two days. My ATM card was with me and I didn’t disclose my card details with anyone,” said Harendra Nath Gogoi, the victim of the ATM fraud.
“My debit card was cloned in Jharkhand and the clones card was used to steal the money. I have intimated my bank and accordingly lodged an FIR,” said Gogoi.
Cloning technology is a new trick used by fraudsters to make multiple copies of ATM cards and emptying out accounts within moments.
“Rs 20,000 was withdrawn four times from my account in two consecutive days, February 24th and 25th, 2019,” Gogoi added.
It may be mentioned here that ATM card frauds have been on the rise with the cases of card skimming and cloning reported often. Here is how you can avoid card skimmer.
- Always scan the area thoroughly for any hidden cameras that might be recording your ATM PIN while you are entering the same at the ATM.
- Always compare the colour and the style of the card reader and keypad to the rest of the machine. The graphics should be aligned and unobscured as well to ensure the machine is not tampered by someone.
- Try Nudging the card reader and keypad. If they are nudged they can easily come loose and fall which means the machine has been tampered.
- Be careful while making card payments. If the PoS machine seems bulkier than usual or looks odd, try other payment options.
- Paying in cash is always safe. Reviewing your transactions and statement regularly, avoiding deserted ATMs etc are different ways to play safe.