Gone to generate pin, auto rickshaw driver tricked by ATM scammer
When 47-year-old Sushil Sharma got his first ATM card linked to his bank’s savings account, he was very excited and eager to learn and transact through digital methods. However, his first experience came as a brutal shock as he became the latest target of cyber crooks, after being tricked out of Rs. 34,000 at an ATM of the reputed nationalized bank near Shivar Municipal Garden at Mira Road where he had gone to generate the personal identification number (PIN) on Tuesday. Sharma is a rickshaw driver who lives with his family near Naya Nagar in Mira Road.
In his police complaint, Sharma said he had recently received the ATM in the mail. To generate a new PIN for the card, he went to the ATM kiosk with his daughter. After encountering a problem in the process, the cheater, aged around 30, pretending to be a customer in the queue, entered the booth and helped them change the PIN code. He hurriedly left the cabin, but not before overriding the autopilots with a quick sleight of hand.
The card and its memorized PIN were then used to siphon Rs. 34,000 from Sharma’s bank account the following day. Sharma learned of the fraud when he received a message from the bank. He immediately filed a complaint at Naya Nagar Police Station in Mira Road. A violation of Article 420 of the CPI has been recorded against the unidentified scammer. Efforts were underway to obtain the footage captured by CCTV cameras installed in the ATM and possible escape routes, said an official who called on people not to entertain strangers while transacting at ATMs.