Karnataka lawmaker’s debit card hacked, Rs 1.9 lakh withdrawn

Bengaluru, March 24 (IANS) Online fraudsters allegedly hacked the debit card of Congress’s Karnataka lawmaker C.P. Yogeshwar and withdrew Rs 1.9 lakh from his account through ATMs in Mumbai and Pune last week, police said on Friday.

“We have registered a case on a complaint by Yogeshwar that his debit card was hacked and Rs.1.9 lakh was withdrawn from his account, which is in the State Bank of India’s J.C. Road branch here,” Banashankari Police Inspector T.T. Krishna told IANS.

Yogeshwar represents the Channapatna assembly segment in Ramanagara district.

“Yogeshwar said he was abroad when the amount was withdrawn by hacking his debit card number on March 17-18, but came to about the fraud after getting SMS alerts from the bank on his mobile phone,” said Krishna, citing his complaint.

Police have set up a team to investigate the case in coordination with its Cyber Crime Cell in the CID and the state-run bank.

“I told the bank (SBI) to block my debit card after I got the alert that money was withdrawn from my account with my debit card number,” said Yogashwar.