People who write their debit card PIN on their card cover to remember it have recently been approaching the police after losing money. The BKC cyber police has come across a flurry of cases in which people lost their debit cards, and instead of just getting it blocked and reissuing a new card as earlier, ended up losing money as the PIN number was mentioned on their card cover.
The latest is the case of a 66-year-old Dadar-based doctor who lost Rs 1.20 lakh after her debit card was stolen. She was, however, lucky. The BKC cyber police tracked down the three accused in the case on Wednesday. Two weeks ago in a similar case, a man was held by the BKC cyber police after he stole his friend’s debit card which had the PIN written on it and withdrew Rs 12,000.
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The incident involving the Dadar-based doctor took place on January 23. The senior citizen had gone shopping to the market. When she returned home, she received a message from her bank that Rs 1,000 had been debited from her card. She did not think of it till the next day when she received several such messages, with Rs 1.20 lakh debited from her account.
She then checked her wallet and found her three debit cards were missing, said police inspector Ravi Sardesai. She approached the Dadar police and later the BKC cyber police. “Normally, the accused cannot do anything with a debit card without the PIN. She had, however, written the PIN on the covers. This was like a lottery ticket for the accused,” said DCP (Cyber crime) CS Rajkumar.