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Mumbai man dials ‘RBI helpline’ to change demonetised currency, loses Rs 48,000

Mumbai man dials ‘RBI helpline’ to change demonetised currency, loses Rs 48,000

Posted On : Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 5:58 PM
Calling a number that came up as “RBI helpline” after a web search cost a 74-year-old Malad resident Rs.48,000. Last month, while cleaning his home, Vijaykumar Marwa found Rs.7,000 in demonetised currency. Wanting to know how to get it exchanged, Marwa searched for the RBI helpline number on his mobile phone and called one of the fake numbers that showed up. Promising to deposit the notes in the RBI office, the fraudster asked Marwa for his bank details “to deposit the money to the account”. Man obtained credit card details, along with OTP, and within minutes transferred Rs.48,000 from Marwa’s bank account.
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