Debit card blocked for fraud, babu still duped

A blocked State Bank of India debit card of a Customs and Central Excise Commissioner was allegedly used to make fraudulent purchases of around Rs 10,000.

The card was blocked after unauthorised purchases of Rs 27,000 were made in May 2014. But the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer was shocked to have been duped again with the blocked card, and that too after eight months.

Ashok Kumar Arya is a resident of New Moti Bagh in south Delhi. He told police that Rs 9,341 was withdrawn in two transactions on January 27. The card was issued by SBI’s IP Estate Branch.

“On January 27, Arya had received text messages at 4.01 pm and 4.02 pm stating that his debit card had been used at Matrix Cellular,” said a police officer.

Arya, however, claimed that the card was blocked on May 5, 2014.
It was done after Rs 27,000 were withdrawn in six transactions within a very short span of time for Matrix Cellular on May 3, 2014.

Arya had filed a complaint with Sarojini Nagar police station on May 5, 2014.
“It is strange and surprising as the card was blocked by SBI. How is it possible to use the details of the blocked card after eight months?” Arya stated in his complaint to police.
Arya had requested SBI to re-credit the money, but nothing has been done so far.

With no action being initiated by the bank, Arya decided to approach police.
A fresh case under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code has been filed with Sarojini Nagar police station.

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