Over Rs 7 lakh withdrawn by unknown person from an account in ICICI Bank
By Vaibhav Aggarwal
Jan 19, 2009
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A customer with ICICI Bank has witnessed withdrawal of over Rs 7 lakh from his bank account by an unknown person.

Jitendra Kanetkar who is a Manager at a private firm in Aundh said that his bank account had been misused by a fake debit card. He registered a complaint of cheating with the Chatushrungi police, Pune under section 467 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code after he found the amount missing through the statement of accounts received from the bank.

The sub-inspector in charge of the matter, Shaukatali Sayed said that Kanetkar had gone for a trip with his family to Guhagar between January 1st and 5th. Returning from the trip, he tried to make an online payment of his house rent. But he could not log into his bank account, following which he filed a complaint with the bank's call centre and requested to reactive his password.

However he was asked to make a written request in order to get a new password and when he received a new password on January 10th, he was still unable to log into his account. Kanetkar then asked his bank to freeze his account till his password was made active.

Kanetkar thereby received a letter from the bank mentioning that a debit card had been issued in his name on January 6th and that his mobile number had also been changed.

The complainant was then shocked when he received a statement of accounts from the bank stating that over Rs 7 lakh had been withdraw from his account. He immediately filed a report with the police.

Investing on the matter, police found that an unknown person had been using the debit card and withdrawing cash from various ATM counters. Huge amounts were debited to Kanethar's account from January 8th to January 12th.

Moreover it has been reveled that the suspect has made purchases worth lakhs of rupees from various shops.

The police said that the investigations are on and soon they will track down the suspect.


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