Debit card switched at ATM,cash stolen

A senior plastic surgeon at the Safdarjung Hospital was allegedly cheated of her money when an unidentified person switched her ATM card with a fake one.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published:February 22, 2012 5:33 am

A senior plastic surgeon at the Safdarjung Hospital was allegedly cheated of her money when an unidentified person switched her ATM card with a fake one.

Dr Savita Arora,a resident of South Delhi’s Shekh Sarai area had gone to the ATM inside the hospital premises to withdraw cash. She tried to use the card but failed to get any response from the machine. After several attempts,as she was going to keep the card back in the wallet,a person approached her and offered help,police said.

Arora told police that there were many people inside the ATM booth surrounding the machine as she struggled to complete the transaction.

In a written complaint she said,the man who offered help took the card from her and successfully inserted it inside the machine. After the transaction was complete,the card was withdrawn from the machine and was handed over to her. Arora then walked out of the booth,completely oblivious of the fact that her ATM card was switched.

The incident came to light after the doctor went to the bank to get her passbook updated,and realised that Rs 3.5 lakh was missing from her savings account.

She also realised that the debit card in her wallet was not the same one she used for the transaction,but it belonged to one Ms Paul,a woman unknown to her,police said.

“A case was registered against the unknown person,who allegedly switched her card and duped the victim of her savings. We are trying to get clues from the CCTV footage of the ATM booth to ascertain the sequence of events and identify the accused. A case of fraud and cheating has been registered,” a senior police officer said.

In a similar case,Delhi Police’s Crime Branch had recently busted a gang of frauds and also arrested an ATM guard in Paharganj.

The guard,on the pretext of helping people in their transactions,used to allegedly note down the ATM PIN and pass it on to his associates.

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