RANGIYA: A case of fraudulent cash withdrawal using an ATM card was reported from Rangiya in Assam. The victim of the incident was a retired teacher from the locality.
According to sources, the victim of this incident was Faizuddin Ahmed, a retired teacher and a resident of the Murara locality. He mentioned that he had tried to withdraw cash with his State Bank of India ATM card at the Axis Bank ATM on N T Road, but as he was facing technical difficulties with the transaction, an unknown youth approached to help him with the same. After multiple trials, when both could not withdraw any money from the ATM, the victim went back home.
But on Tuesday morning the victim received messages saying that cash had been withdrawn several times from his card. These included four withdrawals on Monday and four withdrawals on Tuesday. Another translation worth Rs 9190 was made at the Greenland Shopping Centre in Kokrajhar.
The victim approached the Rangiya branch of the State Bank of India soon after receiving the messages and intimated to them about the incident. Upon preliminary investigation, the bank officials found that the card in possession of the victim did not belong to him, and was exchanged by the scammers. The bank authorities immediately deactivated his ATM card, while the victim filed a complaint regarding the incident at the Rangiya police station.
Recently three miscreants with connections to ATM frauds were held in custody by the Crime Branch. Identified as Tamizzudin, Mustaqim Miya, and Afzal Ansari, these fraudsters belong to the state of Jharkhand and are said to have been involved in many ATM-related frauds in multiple states. Barpeta Police were able to apprehend three fraudsters from another state during an operation.
Post-arrest, the Guwahati Police Crime Branch took custody of the three fraudsters to continue investigations against them. It is important to know that the capital city has seen a large number of incidents of ATM-related fraud in recent times, and the police are already investigating the matter. It remains to be seen if the arrest of these three miscreants can lead to the solving of such fraud-related problems in the years to come.