4 Litres of Petrol for Rs 16,000? How Gujarat Farmer End Up Losing Thousands of Rupees At Fuel Station

4 Litres of Petrol for Rs 16,000? How Gujarat Farmer End Up Losing Thousands of Rupees At Fuel Station
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Last Updated: December 11, 2023, 18:11 IST

Soon after Vishal realised his entire bank balance of Rs 16,000 was exhausted on gift articles, he dialled the Cybercrime helpline and filed a complaint of cheating.(Representational image/Reuters)

The details of Vishal’s debit card were duplicated at a point of sale (POS) machine, which may have been fitted with a device called a skimmer that reads information on credit and debit cards, officials said

In a shocking incident of cyber fraud from Devbhoomi Dwarka, a farmer was scammed as his entire bank balance was wiped out after he made a transaction using his debit card at a fuel station on Friday.

According to a TOI report, 34-year-old Vishal Hirpara lost Rs 16,000 after making a transaction of Rs 400 for four litres of petrol. Officials said the details of Vishal’s debit card were duplicated at a point of sale (POS) machine, which may have been fitted with a device called a skimmer that reads information on credit and debit cards.

Soon after Vishal realised his entire bank balance of Rs 16,000 was exhausted on gift articles, he dialled the Cybercrime helpline and filed a complaint of cheating.

In his complaint, he told police that he had never shared his card details and no one except himself knew his online banking credentials.

Skimmers, which can be attached to POS devices and ATMs to clone data like card numbers, PINs and CVV through the magnetic strip, may have been used at the petrol pump’s POS, a source in Cybercrime police, Saurashtra region was quoted by TOI as saying.

After obtaining the card details, the scammers may have hacked Hirpara’s phone to complete the transactions and used that money to purchase gift articles via the dark web to avoid leaving digital footprints, police further said.

Cops are also probing into the angle that Hirpara’s card details were sold on the dark web or through Telegram channels earlier and that it may be just coincident that he lost the money after swiping his card at the fuel station.

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