Mangaluru, Aug 29, 2015: Superintendent of Police Sharanappa S.D. told media on August 28, that despite alerts by banks, people continue to lose money by responding to SMSes sent announcing the winnings of a lottery or calls for details of accounts. People have revealed details of their ATM cards to callers which led to money being fraudulently withdrawn from their accounts. The district police have been making great efforts to generate awareness about these frauds and secure the people.
SP Sharanappa said that the district police have prepared posters stating the precautions that people need to take to save themselves from being cheated. Among the points the poster includes asking people to ignore SMSes about lottery. It also cautions people against revealing ATM card details, PIN and the OTP (One Time Password) to those who call. These posters will be put up in all the police stations. They are also planning to hold awareness drives in colleges across the district.
SP Sharanappa said that the district police were trying to trace the perpetrators of fraudulent money withdrawal cases that have been registered in the district. A case was filed by a medical student from Sullia who lost Rs. 40,000 from an account in Bengaluru.
A recent complaint, the SP said, had been filed on Aug 28, by a resident of Puttur, who has lost Rs. 20 lakh. SP Sharanappa said the victim has received calls since November 2014 and he has deposited money to an account mentioned by the caller on regular intervals in hope of winning a lottery of Rs. 1 crore. His complaint was being investigated by the Puttur police now.