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By Fiona Mehta

 

Trying to pay the charges for a cancelled cab ride proved costly for a 34-year-old homemaker after she lost ₹94,367 in cyber fraud.

 

The victim, Naziya G. Naik, from Agrahara Dasarahalli, had booked a cab online to visit her relatives, and later cancelled the trip. The driver asked her to pay the cancellation charges and she checked customer care online and called the executive on the number mentioned.

The customer care executive offered to help her and sent her a link to download Anydesk [an application to provide remote access and control of a phone or computer] and to scan her debit card.

Ms. Naik followed the instructions and as soon as she scanned her debit card, a total of ₹94,367 was deducted. She tried to call the number but there was no response. Realizing she was cheated, the victim approached the West Division cyber crime police and filed a complaint.

The police are now trying to track down the accused through online transactions.

How to prevent Cyber Frauds like this?
1. Do not share your bank details with anyone.
2. Do not share your passwords or any such sensative data with anyone.
3. Do not use the app AnyDesk with anyone you do not know/trust.
4. Take precautions while making online transactions.