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Covid Discount On Credit Card Bill Can Empty Your Bank Account

AURANGABAD: A 46-year-old businessman from the city’s Nageshwarwadi region became the latest victim of cybercrime when conmen defrauded him of Rs 55,500 under the guise of a Covid-related discount on credit card dues.

On two separate days, the businessman’s two bank accounts were targeted by cyberattacks.

“On June 28, I received a call from an unknown number on my cellphone. The gentleman offered me Rs 300 Covid-related discount on my credit card debt,” said the victim.

He added that the conman sent an SMS on phone and requested to share it with him, but he declined. “A sum of Rs 37,000 was debited during our talk, leaving me stunned,” he added.

The next day, the conmen attacked his other account with a private bank, stealing Rs 18,500.

“I asked police and banks to investigate my case, but nothing helped me much. The police ultimately registered an FIR around two-and-a-half months after the crime took place, after continuous follow-ups,” he stated.

Kranti Chowk police registered an FIR against unidentified suspects on October 9 under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act, 2000, and section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.

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