A 40-year-old woman based in Pune has reportedly fallen victim to an online scam in which fraudsters managed to steal Rs 11 lakh from her bank account. This happened after they gained access to her bank account by installing remote access software under the pretext of assisting her in obtaining her online bank statement, as reported by The Times of India.
This incident highlights the growing frequency of such scams in India. Many similar scams involve fraudsters masquerading as bank agents or other officials who reach out to individuals through phishing websites. Unfortunately, unsuspecting victims often fall prey to such tactics..
In this particular case, the woman, who hails from Shivaji Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra, was looking for her online bank statement. Failing to do so, she turned to the internet to find customer care numbers that could help her. Little did she know that she would encounter a phishing website with fraudulent numbers. When she contacted them—the fraudsters—posing as bank agents, instructed her to install remote access software, giving them access to her phone.
“She conducted an online search for the helpline number and contacted the number. The person who answered her phone promised to help her out and asked her to download remote access software”, Inspector Ankush Chintaman of Chatushrungi police was quoted as saying by TOI.
The woman ended up doing exactly what the fake bank officers asked her to do, “The woman did the same and even shared her bank account credentials. The fraudsters then requested that she try to obtain the bank account statement using the bank’s website,” Inspector Ankush Chintaman added.
The fraudsters, having gained access to her account, stole Rs 11 lakh. A FIR has been registered and the police are investigating the matter.
To avoid being scammed, don’t install foreign APKs or apps when someone asks you to, and don’t give out your OTPs to anyone, especially if they claim to be a bank officer. It’s also important to make sure that you only dial numbers or send emails to verified sources. Always double-check a website to make sure it’s legit and belongs to the real entity it claims to represent.