Panchkula ration depot owner loses Rs 2 lakh as he clicks a link to deactivate credit card
By Lipakshi Katnoria
The owner of a government ration depot at Kalka in Haryana’s Panchkula district has allegedly fallen prey to cyber fraud and lost around Rs 2 lakh after he clicked a link to deactivate his credit card, the police said.
The Kalka police registered a case on Thursday and started an investigation based on the complaint of Rakesh Kumar Jain, who runs the ration depot in the main market, officials said.
According to Jain, he landed in trouble after he received a new credit card from his bank through a courier in March. “I was never interested in having a credit card and hence did not open the sealed envelope with the credit card,” said Jain, while raising suspicion at the bank and courier company employees in the fraud that took place on April 7. He urged the police to verify their credentials.
“On April 7, I received a call from an unknown number and the caller introduced himself as a bank employee. He enquired why I did not start the credit card. I told him that I am not interested in having it and also want to deactivate my earlier issued credit card. The caller assured me that my first credit card would be deactivated once I click on a link he would be sending me, and I received a weblink ‘https://cardsolution.click/axixbank’,” Jain said in the complaint.
Soon after clicking the link, Jain got a message that Rs 2,08,748 was debited from his credit card, the police said. Jain said he was stunned to get a message from the bank on April 12 that he would have to pay Rs 2,08,748 debited from the credit card.
“I had been trying to lodge an FIR with Kalka police station for the last many days but a case was only registered yesterday. Police should lodge FIR in such cases immediately after receiving the complaint,” Jain remarked.
A case was registered under Section 406 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).