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Mumbai: Woman clicks link to update PAN card and loses Rs 1.80 lakh

A 34-year-old woman who works as an account executive in a private firm in Mumbai was tricked out of Rs 1.80 lakh by a cyber fraudster who texted her with a phishing link asking her to update her card PAN and tricked her into revealing her bank details, which were then used to transfer money from her bank account.

An FIR was registered at the Santacruz police station on May 16. The woman told police that on May 9 she was in her office in Vile Parle (West) when she received a text message on her phone containing a link and asked her to update her card details BANG.

The woman clicked on the link and a fake HDFC Bank webpage opened. He was asked to enter his username and password. After receiving a one-time password (OTP) on her phone, she entered her OTP along with her PAN card details. Soon, Rs 1.80 lakh was debited from his bank account. After receiving a text from her bank informing her of the transaction, the woman called her bank and blocked her bank account. She then approached the Santacruz police station to file a complaint.

The police registered an FIR under sections 419 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code for impersonation and cheating and under sections 66 C (identity theft) and 66 D (cheating by impersonation at the help of computer resources) of the law on information technologies.