PUNE: A 67-year-old Lullanagar businessman fell victim to card cloning and lost Rs1 lakh.

On the night intervening April 29 and 30 this year, Subodh Shantaram Bhavkar received a series of alerts about withdrawals made on his wife’s debit card.

Bhavkar got the card blocked and reported the incident to the cell, which verified his complaint and registered an FIR on Wednesday. The culprit used the cloned card at an ATM in Malad, Mumbai, police said.

According to the complaint, Bhavakar’s wife holds an account at Bank of India on Coyaji Road. His mobile number is linked to her account.

At 5am on April 30, he was about to leave on his morning walk, when he noticed text alerts about multiple transactions between 11.30pm on April 29 and 12.30am on April 30. “I don‘t know how the card got cloned. I had last used it on April 27 to withdraw Rs10,000 from an ATM,” Bhavkar told TOI.

“The cybercrime cell’s probe has revealed that the fraudster (captured on ) cloned the complainant’s card and withdrew Rs50,000 (over five transactions) on the night of April 29. He waited till after midnight, and repeated the transaction, possibly to bypass the Rs50,000 cap on daily transactions,” senior inspector Milind Gaikwad, in charge of the Kondhwa police station, said.

“The card must have been used on a device with a skimmer. We are trying to establish the fraudster’s identity and ascertain where the card got cloned,” Gaikwad said, adding that they have registered a case of cheating and forgery under the and Information Technology Act.

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