KYC Scam Alert! 83-Yr-Old Man Loses Rs 2.5 Lakh, Access To Fixed Deposits

The victim discovered that an amount of Rs 2,57,650 was debited from his bank account, along with a loss of access to his recurring deposits and fixed deposits.
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KYC Scam Alert! 83-Yr-Old Man Loses Rs 2.5 Lakh, Access To Fixed Deposits

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Kolkata: An 83-year-old retired government official from West Bengal’s Kolkata fell victim to an online scam and lost his life savings of Rs 2.5 lakh. Resident of Thakurpur, SP Sinha received a deceiving call from a scammer, who claimed to be an official from his bank.
The fraudster said he sits at table number 3 of the bank branch, where Sinha held his pension account, reported Metro. The caller said he wanted to reach out to Sinha for KYC (know your customer) verification.
Sinha got convinced by the call as he happened to be visiting the branch and same table for some work. He agreed to follow the scammer’s instructions for the KYC verification process.
The victim told the publication, “On November 11, I received a call in the afternoon. The man said he was calling from the bank. He also mentioned my account number. When I said the bank was closed that day, he said only the 'verification' section was open and that I needed to update my KYC.”
As the process began, he faced difficulties due to the technical process and sought help from his 11-year-old grandson, assuming that he might understand the process better.
After the call ended, Sinha discovered that Rs 2,57,650 was debited from his account, along with a loss of access to his recurring deposits and fixed deposits.
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