Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ private secretary Vivek Bhimanwar is the latest victim in Mumbai to be duped by a debit card fraudster. The Worli police on Tuesday registered a case of cheating against an unidentified person after Rs 64,000 was transacted out of Bhimanwar’s account.
According to the Worli police, Bhimanwar approached them at 10.30 am on Tuesday after being duped over the phone by a person claiming to be from the bank he has an account with.
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“We have the cellphone number used to call Bhimanwar and also the messages he received. In a first, these messages were the same chain messages that he received from his bank whenever he transacted any amount or withdrew money from the ATM,” said Vinay Kulkarni, senior police inspector.
In the complaint, Bhimanwar said he had been receiving calls from the accused from Sunday morning and being warned that his account with the bank would be deactivated if he did not share some personal details to complete the bank’s Know Your Customer (KYC) formalities.
“What tipped me to believe the caller was that the messages were in the same thread as the messages I got from the bank. However, 14 minutes after I shared my One Time Password (OTP) with the caller on Tuesday morning to complete my KYC formalities, I got a call from the bank alerting me of a transaction. I immediately registered a complaint with the police and with the bank,” Bhimanwar said.
Officers are not yet sure how the accused managed to duplicate the bank’s messages.