In an unprecedented and stunning case of e-transaction fraud, a State Bank of India (SBI) account holder lost money amounting to around Rs 50,000 in multiple transactions. Jayakrishnan S, an advocate practising in the Kerala High Court, owns an account at the Kaloor branch of SBI.
The complainer received a message from the bank’s SMS alert system indicating his balance from which he came to know that a huge amount of money had been lost from the account without his knowledge. Jayakrishnan blocked the debit card immediately and filed a formal complaint with the bank on Monday morning. A police complaint has also been lodged on the same day against the fraudulent transactions believed to have taken place on Friday and Saturday last week.
“On Friday night, I received some messages on my mobile in Hindi from some unknown site. It was not mentioned that a particular amount have been deducted from my account. On Saturday night I received an SMS alert from SBI showing my balance and when I crosschecked it was noted that Rs.49,909 has been deducted from the account through multiple transactions (around 800 transactions). It was also noticed that in each of these transactions, an amount of Rs 64.95 was deducted,” Jayakrishnan said.