Despite constant awareness and police warnings, there is no end to online scams. The latest incident is that a Palakkad resident lost 365 dinars. The scam started when a message was received on a mobile phone from a Bahraini number yesterday stating that it was from the bank where his account was located. The message said that the CPR information in the bank account should be updated and therefore the CPR number and mobile number should be sent.
He recently moved from the company where he was working to another. So, he immediately sent the CPR number and mobile number on the understanding that the new information would be updated. Within seconds, the message was received that 365 dinars had been withdrawn from the account. This was the total amount in his account. The gratuity amount received from the company was in the account.
He was to send the money home soon. When the fraudsters called back to the number to which the message had been sent, they were told that it was the number of a car parking agency. He also clarified that they do not know about the scam. The bank was immediately informed. He then lodged a complaint with the police on the instructions of the bank. The messages sent by the swindlers have been handed over to the police.