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Hackers Dupe Techie on Pretext of Suspending Credit Card

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In recent times, cybercrime and ransomware attacks have increased manifold. Government officials often urge citizens to beware of such phishing attacks and not share personal details with anyone via phone calls or online links.
In one of a rare and bizarre incident, a 24-year-old software engineer working in Pune city of India's Maharashtra state was targeted in cybercrime. Not only did she lose all of her funds, hackers also took a personal loan in her name, an Indian daily reported on Tuesday.

As per Indian media, the woman received a phone call from dupers, who claimed to be working with the bank she had an account at. They asked her if she wanted to activate a second credit card issued to her by the bank, and the victim replied she would like to have it suspended.

The criminals then asked for details, including her PAN card number. Not realising she was being tricked, the woman provided the callers with the one-time password (OTP) she received on her phone.
A minute after sharing her details, INR 470,000 ($5,675) was deducted from her account. At the same time, the hackers also applied for pre-approved paperless loan of INR 200,000 ($2,414) for whom the complainant was eligible.
In total, she was scammed of INR 670,000 ($8,090).
She registered a first information report (FIR) at Hinjewadi Police Station under various sections of the Information Technology Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The official said that after receiving OTP from the victim, the hackers replaced her mail address with an address under the name "thedarkpartoflife."
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