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Cyber criminals dupe bank holders by seeking details of Aadhaar on pretext of linking to PAN

BEWARE! If you are getting call from someone asking to share Aadhaar card details over the phone to link it with the bank account.

Police says cyber criminals have come up with new trick to dupe bank account holders.

According to the police, recently, they have received several complaints where people were tricked by fraudsters by asking details of their Aadhaar card through phone calls and emails.

A Noida-based engineer lost Rs 20,000 after he received a call from a landline number and the Truecaller app, which showed the number as ‘bank’.

“The caller identified as bank executives and spoke in fluent English. He said that bank has decided to link Aadhaar number with debit card for better customer service. He also read central government’s rule in this context. For this he asked my Aadhaar number and other details,” said the victim.

“The caller said that I would receive a message having one-time password (OTP) which will link the bank account with aadhaar. As soon I shared the message, the money was debited from my account,” victim said.

According to the cops, fraudsters are misusing government’s recent move.

There are several people who are unaware of such scam and are sharing their details over the phone said UP STF’s additional superintendent Triveni Singh.

“Cyber criminals are getting innovative with each crime and as soon government floats a policy they start misusing it. It is high time for people to stay safe in the virtual work by securing their details. Fraudsters will continue to target those who remain ignorant. This can be avoided only through awareness programmes,” Singh added.

“People should ignore such calls asking for Aadhaar details, no genuine party would ask for these details over the phone. Only official and verified websites should be used for linking Aadhaar, otherwise citizens are urged to go to bank branches and telephone companies’ retail outlets to get any sort of seeding or linking done”, officials at UIDAI said.

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