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08 February 2013

Scamsters Target Northeast student Bank Accounts

Chennai, Feb 8 : Lucrative offers of money through SMS and email seem to have found a whole new set of gullible victims who have ended up as silent collaborators in such operations.

Curiously, young people from the northeast, particularly Nagaland and Mizoram, who are in Tamil Nadu for education or jobs have been falling prey into helping fraudsters.

According to sources in the central crime branch, dormant or hardly used bank accounts and debit cards of students from remote areas of Nagaland and Mizoram who are studying outside the region, are being freely used for transactions by such fraudsters.

The victims were mostly account holders of commercial banks in remote locations in Nagaland and Mizoram. They have been targeted by the fraudsters who have been freely indulging in depositing and withdrawing money from their accounts in remote places.

“Although the account holders of such transactions become party to criminal activity, in most cases, the young people whose account numbers were being used by the fraudsters failed to foresee the legal consequences mainly due to lack of awareness,” said a senior police official.

He cautioned that a person allowing a fraudster to use his account for committing the fraud in banking parlance is called a ‘mule’, and he would be held responsible for the illegal transactions.

Officials point out that such illegal activities could be avoided if banks step up their security measures. Seshasai, joint commissioner, CCB, said “Account holders should report to their bank branches or police if one found such transitions or lost his or her debit card.

That way they can make sure that they are not held responsible if their cards are used for illegal activities by these online fraudsters.”


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