As cases of debit card fraud are coming to light, Meghalaya police on May 18 issued an advisory to the general public to stay cautious of phishing attempts.

“It is observed that a lot of telephone calls are being received by general public from fraudsters impersonating as bank representatives, insurance representatives and so on seeking details of bank accounts, ATM/Debit Card details like card number, CVV number, date of expiry, pin number and even One Time Password (OTP) received in the mobile phone, Aadhar Card details etc for activating their ATM Card/Debit Card thereby duping innocent people of the hard earned money,” the advisory read.

The advisory, issued by Meghalaya Additional General of Police (CID), advised the public not to provide internet banking password, ATM or phone PIN to anyone or answer unrecognized mails or calls inquiring for bank account details for any cause they mentioned. “No bank or credit card firm personnel are authorized to ask a card holder for his card details. Also, while transacting on websites to avoid keystroke logging, use a virtual keyboard and while using an ATM in offline mode do cover the keypad with your hand,” the advisory said.

Further the citizens were alerted to report any fraudulent activity to the nearby police station and also the bank immediately. “In case of any cash fraudulent activity, general public are requested to approach the nearest Police Station/Police Beat House/Police Out Post or Cyber Assistance Cell (CAC), CID, Meghalaya, Shillong. Public can contact Cyber Assistance Cell at +91-364-2504001 which is a Telephone Helpline Number, +91-9402519391 (Mobile number) or Email at [email protected].”

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