Woman Loses Rs 55,000 From Her Bank Account


Thiruvananthapuram: In yet another case of a high-tech ATM theft, a woman bank customer had Rs 55,000 stolen from her account from abroad, police said.

The woman, an account holder with State Bank of Travancore’s Pattom branch, said in her complaint to police that the money was withdrawn twice on September 3 and 5. Police said the cash had been withdrawn from a foreign country from an ATM counter, but did not elaborate. The heist comes less than a month after some persons lost their money in an ATM theft involving some foreigners, including Romanians.

On August 10, a Romanian national, who along with two other foreigners was suspected to be involved in the hi-tech ATM fraud in which a number of people lost money here, was arrested in Mumbai. They had obtained details of bank customers and withdrawn money using fake ATM cards.

Police suspected the electronic device at the ATM counter had enabled the fraudsters collect the secret pin code and card details.