ATM Fraud in Bengaluru,200 people loss over RS 10 lakh in one week.Police suspect that gangs have read debit and credit card data during usage with the help of advanced card skimmers, with pinhole cameras in ATMs across the city to copy card data and capture PINs.In less than a week, 200 Bengaluru’s person have lost more than Rs 10 lakh due to illegal withdrawals from ATMs.Advertising professional Rajith Ravi from Cooke Town got a shock at 11.53pm on Monday when his cellphone buzzed with messages indicating three withdrawals worth Rs 30,000 from his HDFC bank account from an ATM in Thane. “I opened my wallet but my debit card was inside. I didn’t know how someone withdrew my money without my card or PIN,” said Ravi, after lodging a complaint at the cybercrime police station at Bengaluru commissionerate on Tuesday.Also filing a complaint was Sarvesh Aradhya from Kyalasanahalli whose salary of Rs 19,500 was stolen by fraudsters on Sunday night at an ATM in BTM Layout while his South Indian Bank ATM card was in his pocket. Another victim was M Azmath, a construction worker in Electronic City. “I had saved Rs 60,000 in my Axis Bank account over two years and on Sunday, every rupee was wiped out from an ATM in Thane,” he said.On Tuesday, cybercrime police registered 35 complaints from people who had lost money due to illegal ATM withdrawals across the city.”There is a surge in complaints of illegal withdrawals from across the city, mainly from ATMs in BTM Layout, Hennur, Geddalahalli, Indiranagar and a few in Mumbai and Thane. We have registered all the complaints and are investigating,” said an investigating officer. He said 30 similar complaints were registered on Monday, and one woman had lost Rs1.17 lakh.“The fraudsters fit the skimmer device on the slot where the card is inserted and plant pinhole cameras to record the PIN for every card used at the kiosk,” said an officer in Banaswadi police station, who cracked an ATM card racket in February. Cybercrime analyst K S Santosh of Incognito Forensic Foundation said fraudsters target isolated ATM kiosks.”When a person inserts a card in the slot, the skimmer copies details from the card’s magnetic strip. The tiny camera placed above the keypad of the ATM captures the finger moments,” he explained.
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